Drug Crimes

From simple marijuana possession to trafficking of cocaine or heroin, to manufacturing and cultivation, drug offenses are serious crimes that can ruin lives. The earlier you involve an experienced criminal defense lawyer, the sooner he or she can begin fighting for your rights and minimizing consequences.

Trust your defense to The Law Office of Melinda L. VanLowe, PC.  The Fairfax law firm handles state and federal drug cases throughout Northern Virginia and in Washington, D.C. With more than 10 years of experience, attorney Melinda VanLowe has the ability to defend clients against a wide range of charges, including:

  • Simple possession

  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

  • Possession with intent to distribute

  • Prescription drug fraud

  • Conspiracy to sell

  • Importation of drugs

The firm is prepared to handle charges pertaining to all types of controlled substances, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, prescription drugs and designer drugs.

Challenging Evidence Through Strong Defense Strategies

In many cases, drug charges can be challenged.  For example, the weight of drugs in federal offenses can determine if mandatory minimum sentencing is applicable and the very legality of designer drugs can be affected by its chemical mix. Regarding possession of marijuana cases, in 2015, the Virginia Assembly amended Section 18.2-250.1 of the Code of Virginia to provide an affirmative defense to allegations involving possession of marijuana in the form of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil. Specifically, the statute provides,

In any prosecution under this section involving marijuana in the form of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil as those terms are defined in § 54.1-3408.3, it shall be an affirmative defense that the individual possessed such oil pursuant to a valid written certification issued by a practitioner in the course of his professional practice pursuant to § 54.1-3408.3 for treatment or to alleviate the symptoms of (i) the individual’s diagnosed condition or disease, (ii) if such individual is the parent or legal guardian of a minor or of an incapacitated adult as defined in § 18.2-369, such minor’s or incapacitated adult’s diagnosed condition or disease, or (iii) if such individual has been designated as a registered agent pursuant to § 54.1-3408.3, the diagnosed condition or disease of his principal or, if the principal is the parent or legal guardian of a minor or of an incapacitated adult as defined in § 18.2-369, such minor’s or incapacitated adult’s diagnosed condition or disease. If the individual files the valid written certification with the court at least 10 days prior to trial and causes a copy of such written certification to be delivered to the attorney for the Commonwealth, such written certification shall be prima facie evidence that such oil was possessed pursuant to a valid written certification.
— VA Code Ann. § 18.2-250.1 (2019)

As an experienced attorney, Ms. VanLowe understands the intricacies of these types of cases. She conducts a meticulous review of all related evidence and documentation to disprove accusations and build strong defense strategies on behalf of clients.  This includes involving outside resources as needed to properly analyze evidence, such as hiring a chemist to evaluate the drugs at issue.  If substance abuse addiction is a concern, she can coordinate an evaluation into the extent of the problem and refer clients to treatment resources if applicable.

Ms. VanLowe will also provide vigorous advocacy to protect your rights during plea negotiations, working to reach an agreement whenever possible.  If such a settlement is not in your best interests, she will fight diligently on your behalf at trial.

Defend Your Legal Rights Against Drug Charges

Discuss your case with a dedicated drug defense attorney in Prince William County. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.