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      Tyrone Wright
      Tyrone Wright
      19:15 22 Nov 20
      I can’t say enough about Mr. Kibria. I was facing extremely serious charges that would have ruined my life. But I was innocent. Mr. Kibria found that was true and worked to get my case completely dismissed. I didn’t even have to walk back into court for it to be dismissed. Truly an expert attorney. My family had nothing but the best things to say about him as well.read more
      April Kidlat
      April Kidlat
      19:05 22 Nov 20
      Mr. Kibria is an outstanding attorney. He got our case dismissed immediately. Also he was always available when we needed him and unbelievably affordable. We highly recommend this firm. Don’t go anywhere else.read more
      getanointed11
      getanointed11
      18:02 22 Nov 20
      Mr. Kibria and his firm were phenomenal. Cant say enough. He got a very complex and serious case of mine dismissed…all whilenmanaging the case through the pandemic. I never even had to step foot in court. Above all his communication and engagement is like nothing I have seen before. If you’re in need of the best attorney in DC, Mr. Kibria is the only guy you should call. My highest recommendation!read more
      D Browngetdown
      D Browngetdown
      19:50 25 Sep 20
      Mr. Kibria Nabeel is one awesome lawyer.I contacted him on my sons case which was a very complex hectic case in which all evidence was stacked against my child. My son was looking at years maybe even some decades in jail for a crime that was committed in Washington DC over the Summer of 2020, which happened to involve police, guns and etc.I contacted Mr. Nabeel one late afternoon after talking to several lawyers who wanted thousands of dollars I didn’t have. At the time of the call I was truly at my wits end. I found him through a Google search.He listened to me tell him my sons case, he had a sympathetic ear, he was understanding, and after reviewing the case he accepted it and had several solutions.He was and is a very professional, very understanding person and lawyer. He was able to give me the ins and outs of what can be done and what he will do, he didn’t make any promises but one, and that was, he would do his best to get my child home as soon as possible.Mr. Nabeel did exactly that. He worked his magic!My son is looking at a very reasonable amount of small time compared to what the Public Defender was talking about. I can’t thank Mr. Nabeel enough.Long story short, if you want a great lawyer that won’t rob you blind for money and will work hard to get you the best outcome, then put your trust in Mr. Nabeel.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM.read more
      Leila Issifi
      Leila Issifi
      22:22 14 Sep 20
      Got a ridiculous case and Mr. Kibria got the case dismissed. Very responsive and professional. Highly recommend.
      david sumner
      david sumner
      19:44 27 Aug 20
      I’ve known Mr. Kibria and his firm for a long time and watched him work. He is the epitome of a top rated attorney. If you need a DC lawyer and law firm for any reason he and his firm are the immediate go to. Nobody understands people, the courts and the system like he and is firm. Unparalleled is the word best used.read more
      Curtis Powell
      Curtis Powell
      15:47 20 Aug 20
      Very informative and professional at what he does. He was very helpful in my case and did an amazing job. Highly recommended.read more
      Jennifer Rous
      Jennifer Rous
      17:17 16 Aug 20
      Mr. Kibria was very responsive and professional in assisting us with my son’s legal case. He was available when needed and provided information to help us understand all options and the settlement.read more
      Mark Gelker
      Mark Gelker
      17:14 16 Aug 20
      Awesome response time with a good sense of pride for his business. Very litigious individual who knows his rights and laws very well! Helped me get out of my situation with ease and set up a great deal. I would definitely recommend for anyone who got into any mishaps.read more
      Sam Khan
      Sam Khan
      16:08 28 Feb 20
      Outstanding experience with this attorney and his firm were exceptional. Really saved my family from a disaster. A really great DC attorney, super responsive and pleasant to deal with. Highly recommended!read more
      Noman Jamshidy
      Noman Jamshidy
      15:11 25 Feb 20
      Oh my god Mr. Kibria was amazing. I was so nervous about a ridiculous situation. From the start he told me he would keep me safe and take care of everything. He did exactly that but i did not expect how quickly he took care of things and all very professionally. I am so relieved and thankful. Outstanding DC lawyer who communicates exceptionally. I can’t recommend him and the firm enough!I really really appreciate your help Mr. Kibria.read more
      N. Rice
      N. Rice
      20:18 21 Feb 20
      Just got off the phone with Mr. Kibria. Definitely can tell he cares about getting fair results for his clients from the way he handles himself on the phone as well as in person. He doesn’t just spit out a price like other attorneys, he actually hears you out. Also his prices are at least 30% lower than any other quotes I’ve gotten in the city. I don’t know why you’d go anywhere else!read more
      Ben Marsh
      Ben Marsh
      14:58 13 Feb 20
      Wonderful DC defense lawyer. Got my case dismissed. His communication and professionalism is exceptional. Took care of me just like he said he would. Definitely call this firm if you need a top notch DC attorney! Also very fair with fees.read more
      Alejandra Argueta
      Alejandra Argueta
      18:01 03 Feb 20
      Mr. Kibria was truly amazing. I’ve never knew a lawyer would be so hands on with a case. He helped me through a serious and difficult time and helped protect me and my family. Not only was he always available when I needed him, no matter what, he also did so much to make sure I was safe. Hopefully I never need a lawyer again anywhere but if I do Mr. Kibria is the only lawyer I want. If they had more than 5 star I would give him more.read more
      Antonio Smith
      Antonio Smith
      14:48 22 Jan 20
      Mr. Kibria is an amazing attorney. I can’t say enough about. He truly saved me in a difficult period in my life where I was facing a lot of time behind bars. I am so glad I had him as an attorney. People should call him if they need a great attorney. He went above and beyond what was asked of him. He’s not just a amazing attorney but a wonderful person. Treated me and my family like we were his family.read more
      Erin Escobar
      Erin Escobar
      15:25 19 Dec 19
      Had a complicated case and decided to reach out to many lawyers, but then I got in contact with the best DC defense Lawyer – Mr. Kibria. My main concern was having a record on file that would prevent me from jobs. From the very beginning he made me feel comfortable as he was attentive and always available. I got a favorable outcome and could not be more satisfied with his work. He and his firm were amazing from beginning to end. He did exactly what he told me he would do from the start and always kept my anxiety at bay. Also the fees and rates at this firm were amazing given then lengths they go to to deliver the best representation in town. Mr. Kibria and his firm get my highest recommendation!read more
      Yeshiwas Sewayehu
      Yeshiwas Sewayehu
      14:27 26 Nov 19
      Outstanding DC defense lawyer. Can’t say enough. Got my case dismissed immediately. Also was always available when I needed him from minute one. Great rates too. Simply the best! Mr. Kibria and his firm are exceptional.read more
      Adarsh Natwa
      Adarsh Natwa
      18:17 18 Nov 19
      Mr. Kibria did an exceptional job representing me. I was in a wrong place, wrong time situation, and Mr. Kibria did his best in getting my case dismissed ASAP. He only ensured the best outcome for me, and I’m thankful for his services. On top of that he treated me like a family member and was ALWAYS available to me and my family members who had questions. ALWAYS AVAILABLE! Fantastic DC defense lawyer. Also outstanding rates. In short, I’d say the best in the business in DC!read more
      Marcus Smith
      Marcus Smith
      16:31 15 Nov 19
      Unmatched professionalism and service. Mr. Kibria was excellent. He got my cases dismissed and did it all while keeping my anxiety low. Not only did he dismiss all if my cases he was always available when I needed me and took care of me like I was family. Firm was also immensely fair with their rates/fees. Cant say enough about Mr. Kibrias representation of me. Outstanding DC defense lawyer! The only attorney in DC you should look to.read more
      donna maurer
      donna maurer
      15:02 15 Nov 19
      Mr. Kibria and his firm were amazing. We don’t know what we’d do if he didn’t answer the phone. Truly a god-send. No one else even picked up. Then in regards to handling me and my case. Mr. Kibria treated me like a family member. He went above and beyond the call of duty and got me through a very difficult situation. He delivered in excellent fashion. Can’t say enough about him and the firm. A great attorney. He has my highest recommendation!read more
      Tiki Taka
      Tiki Taka
      15:14 28 Oct 19
      Mr. Kibria and his firm were fantastic! Got my serious case dismissed. But above all its clear that the reviews and reputation are above and beyond everything i read before hiring him and the firm. He truly goes above and beyond the call of duty and he truly cares for the client. Also always available when needed and always answering all questions concerns and anxiety. The best. I urge everyone to retain this firm if they need a DC defense lawyer. Fees are also very fair given that he is top dc lawyer.read more
      Clinton Leonard
      Clinton Leonard
      15:48 25 Oct 19
      Amazing attorney and firm. Excellent DC defense attorney. Simply put he made my problems go away almost in a snap. Always available when i needed him and also extremely fair in regards to fees. This firm and Mr. Kibria are the go to if you need a top DC lawyer.read more
      Tre Carlee
      Tre Carlee
      16:03 18 Oct 19
      Mr. Kibria and his firm were superb. I can’t say enough. Amazing lawyer. Had a serious case but he got it dismissed immediately. I didn’t have to do a thing. He was always available whenever i needed to talk. Always kept me informed and calm and did everything he said he was going to do. Great dc defense attorney. The lawyer and the firm to hire if you need one in DC. Truly outstanding!read more
      John Harrison
      John Harrison
      15:16 18 Oct 19
      Mr. Kibria and his firm were amazing. I was charged unfairly for a wrong place wrong time deal. Mr. Kibria got my case dismissed immediately. I was so relieved. He was available to me at all times to answer all my questions and keep me calm. He did exactly what he said he would do. I am going to keep him as my lawyer for everything. Also very fair on fees. You should absolutely call Mr. Kibria if you are in trouble.-Attorney Nabeel Kibriaread more
      Hyeon Jo
      Hyeon Jo
      13:59 17 Oct 19
      Mr. Kibria and his firm were amazing! Had a serious case but Mr. Kibria got it dismissed immediately. He is a great DC defense attorney. Amazing client engagement and responsiveness. Available at all times of need and very fair with fees. Beyond pleased. Please call Mr. Kibria if you need a DC attorney!read more
      Abdul Ab
      Abdul Ab
      14:09 10 Sep 19
      Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. Got bogus case dismissed immediately. Excellent client engagement and communication. Extremely satisfied. Highly recommend. Great DC attorney.read more
      Umair Ali
      Umair Ali
      18:13 05 Sep 19
      Nabeel and his firm are as good as it gets. Nobody better if you’re in trouble in DC. Hands down the best Washington DC criminal and DUI lawyers around! Don’t waste your time or money with anyone else. Put your trust and life in these guys hands. They will absolutely take care of you and always have your best interests at heart.read more
      William Matthews
      William Matthews
      14:30 30 Aug 19
      Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. Got my case dismissed. Excellent attorney who was always available when needed and fought aggressively for me. Also very fair with fees. I highly recommend him and the firm. If you need a DC defense attorney make sure to call him.read more
      Helton mejia
      Helton mejia
      17:37 28 Aug 19
      I was really scare to start this process, being my first offense. I was expecting the worst based on my case but Mr. Kibria. fought for my case and got me a way lower outcome. Excellent DC defense attorney. Always available when I needed him. He is the guy to call in DC. Highest Recommendation!read more
      정우영
      정우영
      14:00 27 Aug 19
      Mr.Kibria and his firm were excellent. Adjusted court dates for me due to travel and got my case dismissed immediately. Communication and client service was unbelievable. Excellent attorney , excellent firm. Highest recommendation. Be sure to call them.read more
      Franklin Osorio
      Franklin Osorio
      15:44 13 Aug 19
      Mr. Kibria is an excellent DC defense attorney. Made a bad situation go away. He got my case dismissed. Also his care and communication are second to none. Always available when needed with answers to all questions. Also he and his firm were very fair and generous when it came to pricing. Mr. Kibria and his firm are the go to for sure in Washington DC. Highest recommendation.read more
      Samantha W
      Samantha W
      14:51 07 Aug 19
      Nabeel is an excellent attorney. He was always available for questions and kept me informed through every step of the process. I am co fife the that with any other lawyer, my situation would have been quite different. Mr. Kibria did everything in his power to help me and was personally invested in me. I am so grateful for his help.read more
      Noe Martinez
      Noe Martinez
      16:30 06 Aug 19
      Mr. Kibria was outstanding. Best Washington DC defense attorney hands down. Took a terrible situation and resolved it for me. He got my case dismissed. On top of everything his communication and responsiveness are exceptional. He was there at all times of need. Also very affordable for a top lawyer. I highly recommend him and his firm.read more
      Justice Wayne
      Justice Wayne
      15:48 28 Jun 19
      Very professional and handle my case very well. Fight very hard for the case and made the impossible happen in my case. I Would recommend him to anyone. I would say hes the best Washington DC criminal defense lawyer. His communication and client engagement are unmatched. Mr. Kibria and his firm are the people to go to. Also prices were incredibly fair.read more
      Peter Otunba
      Peter Otunba
      17:10 25 Jun 19
      Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. He made a terrible situation a lot better and was willing to keep on fighting at every turn. He had my back throughout the process. Excellent DC defense attorney, also extremely affordable for a top rated DC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his firm.read more
      Eyob Mengistu
      Eyob Mengistu
      16:21 25 Jun 19
      Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. Fantastic DC defense attorney. Went above and beyond the call for me. Got my case dismissed within the first appearance. Mr. Kibria has my highest recommendation! Also very fair when it came to his fees- best I’ve seen for a top rated attorney.read more
      Ken Baktai
      Ken Baktai
      17:04 21 Jun 19
      Mr Kibria and his firm were excellent. He got my case dismissed immediately. Great DC defense lawyer. I highly recommend him and his firm. Very affordable!!!!read more
      Pre Gib
      Pre Gib
      13:26 11 Jun 19
      Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. Got my case dismissed right away. Excellent dc defense attorney. Great communication. Gave me an idea from the start how things would go and what he would do and that’s exactly what he did. I give him and his firm my highest recommendation.read more
      Jesus Enriquez
      Jesus Enriquez
      13:52 29 May 19
      Mr Kibria and he’s law firm did a magnificent job helping me with my federal criminal case. He helped me answer questions and weren’t even related to the case. I would definately recommend his business and his trust. Excellent DC defense attorney!read more
      Eamonn McCaffrey
      Eamonn McCaffrey
      16:14 20 May 19
      Mr. Kibria and his firm are amazing. I can’t say enough. Initially I was with a public defender. Although I had met and consulted with Mr. Kibria I decided to stay with the public defender figuring it was all the same with any lawyer. I was so wrong. My public defender was forcing me to eat a bs charge and i basically thought I had no choice but to agree. Weeks later when I was in court ready to eat the charge, Mr. Kibria saw me an asked what I was doing. I told him and he said I was crazy to eat a charge given the facts of my case. He said he would get my case dismissed. He took my case right then and there and requested a dismissal,l. In fact he got the government to agree to dismissal even before I had paid him. He got my case dismissed as he said he would. Unbelievable. He is the best defense attorney in Washington DC bar none. If you need a defense lawyer in dc don’t bother calling anyone else.read more
      Rebecca Huang
      Rebecca Huang
      15:13 03 May 19
      Mr . Kibria and his from were excellent. He told me how things were going to go from the start and that’s exactly how it went, in fact better. Client engagement and communication were second to none. Great DC defense attorney. Highly recommended.read more
      Markee Young
      Markee Young
      13:37 30 Apr 19
      Wow. Amazing. Hired Mr. Kibria to replace public defender for some crazy trumped up charges the police were trying to bring me down on, some serious charges. Mr. Kibria was on the case for 3 weeks and got my case completely dismissed even before the next court date! Truly preserved my life and career. This guy is the defense attorney in DC to hire. Don’t mess around with any other lawyers, directly call this man.read more
      Sami Swag
      Sami Swag
      16:40 23 Apr 19
      Great firm, great attorney. Mr. Kibria is an excellent DC defense attorney. He got my case dismissed and got me through the court process very fast. He told me exactly how things would go when he took my case and that’s exactly how it went. His communication with me at all times was great and immediate. Also he was very generous to me with his rates since I am a student. I highly recommend him and this firm.read more
      Victoria Steriopoulos
      Victoria Steriopoulos
      13:59 23 Apr 19
      Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent throughout the entire process. Mr. Kibria is a great DC defense attorney, he got my case dismissed immediately. Highly responsive and great fee rates. He’s the lawyer to go to in DC.read more
      Keith Jones
      Keith Jones
      16:14 19 Apr 19
      Mr Kibria is a fantastic and expert DC defense attorney. He was outstanding every step of the way. On top of everything his communication and client advocacy is second to none. Also affordable. I give him and the firm my highest recommendation.read more
      Wilmer Meza
      Wilmer Meza
      13:51 19 Mar 19
      Excellent Washington DC defense attorney. I was from out of state and he got my case dismissed immediately. I did not have to come back to court. Great communication and very affordable. I highly recommend.read more
      orin mcintosh
      orin mcintosh
      15:47 26 Feb 19
      Mr. Kibria is an excellent DC defense attorney. He got my case dismissed immediately. Furthermore his communication and client engagement is unlike any other. I highly recommend. Also very affordable.read more
      Arnab Kar
      Arnab Kar
      13:40 15 Aug 18
      I hired Mr Kibria for a fedral court case . He got rid of my case right away. Mr Kibria is a fantastic defense attorney. I was extremely pleased with him. Extremely affordable and highly personalized service. His communication throughout the process was exceptional.If you need a defense attorney in the District of Columbia you should definitely hire him and his firm!read more
      Nancy Hernandez
      Nancy Hernandez
      15:37 13 Aug 18
      I hired Mr. Kibria I had a serious charge gave me a excellent price he helped me out through the whole process. I really recommend him. Did a amazing job ! Great customer service.read more
      Reco jackson
      Reco jackson
      14:22 13 Aug 18
      I retained Mr. Kibria to represent against some serious charges that would have come with definite jail time and seriously affected/complicated my life and my family.However Mr. Kibria fought hard throughout the entire process to ensure that i would not face the terrible hardships the charges presented and in fact gor a great deal that allowed me to continue on with my life and take care of my family.Above all he provides highly personalized representation and was available to me anytime i needed him and provided clear communication at all times. He and his firm were also extremely affordable. If you need a DC attorney I highly recommend Mr. Kibria and this firm.read more
      Kathon Van Hook
      Kathon Van Hook
      14:23 06 Aug 18
      I hired Mr Kibria to help with me with some serious , complicated, complex and frankly nerve wracking issues. I retained Mr. Kibria and his firm based on his extensive experience and practice in DC. Mr. Kibria walked me through exactly how he was going to handle my case and resolve my situation. Mr. Kibria delivered on all his promises. His services were highly personalized and his communications with me were constant and clear. He was available whenever I needed him. He took care of my issues exactly as he said e would.If you need a defense lawyer in The District of Columbia. Mr. Kibria is definitely the guy to hire!read more
      Karmen Josipovic
      Karmen Josipovic
      14:19 10 Jul 18
      He was great the case was imideatelly dismissed. Extremely affordable. Excellent DC criminal lawyer. A must hire if you are in legal trouble in DC.read more
      Next Reviews
      • 5 star review  Great firm, great attorney. Mr. Kibria is an excellent DC defense attorney. He got my case dismissed and got me through the court process very fast. He told me exactly how things would go when he took my case and that’s exactly how it went. His communication with me at all times was great and immediate. Also he was very generous to me with his rates since I am a student. I highly recommend him and this firm.

        thumb Sami Swag
        4/23/2019
      • 5 star review  Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. Got my case dismissed right away. Excellent dc defense attorney. Great communication. Gave me an idea from the start how things would go and what he would do and that’s exactly what he did. I give him and his firm my highest recommendation.

        thumb Pre Gib
        6/11/2019
      • 5 star review  Mr. Kibria and his firm are amazing. I can’t say enough. Initially I was with a public defender. Although I had met and consulted with Mr. Kibria I decided to stay with the public defender figuring it was all the same with any lawyer. I was so wrong. My public defender was forcing me to eat a bs charge and i basically thought I had no choice but to agree. Weeks later when I was in court ready to eat the charge, Mr. Kibria saw me an asked what I was doing. I told him and he said I was crazy to eat a charge given the facts of my case. He said he would get my case dismissed. He took my case right then and there and requested a dismissal,l. In fact he got the government to agree to dismissal even before I had paid him. He got my case dismissed as he said he would. Unbelievable. He is the best defense attorney in Washington DC bar none. If you need a defense lawyer in dc don’t bother calling anyone else.

        thumb Eamonn McCaffrey
        5/20/2019
      • 5 star review  Mr Kibria is a fantastic and expert DC defense attorney. He was outstanding every step of the way. On top of everything his communication and client advocacy is second to none. Also affordable. I give him and the firm my highest recommendation.

        thumb Keith Jones
        4/19/2019
      • 5 star review  Mr . Kibria and his from were excellent. He told me how things were going to go from the start and that’s exactly how it went, in fact better. Client engagement and communication were second to none. Great DC defense attorney. Highly recommended.

        thumb Rebecca Huang
        5/03/2019
      • 5 star review  Mr Kibria and his firm were excellent. He got my case dismissed immediately. Great DC defense lawyer. I highly recommend him and his firm. Very affordable!!!!

        thumb Ken Baktai
        6/21/2019
      • 5 star review  Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. Fantastic DC defense attorney. Went above and beyond the call for me. Got my case dismissed within the first appearance. Mr. Kibria has my highest recommendation! Also very fair when it came to his fees- best I’ve seen for a top rated attorney.

        thumb Eyob Mengistu
        6/25/2019
      • 5 star review  Mr. Kibria and his firm were excellent. He made a terrible situation a lot better and was willing to keep on fighting at every turn. He had my back throughout the process. Excellent DC defense attorney, also extremely affordable for a top rated DC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his firm.

        thumb Peter Otunba
        6/25/2019
      • 5 star review  Very professional and handle my case very well. Fight very hard for the case and made the impossible happen in my case. I Would recommend him to anyone. I would say hes the best Washington DC criminal defense lawyer. His communication and client engagement are unmatched. Mr. Kibria and his firm are the people to go to. Also prices were incredibly fair.

        thumb Justice Wayne
        6/28/2019
      • 5 star review  Mr. Kibria was outstanding. Best Washington DC defense attorney hands down. Took a terrible situation and resolved it for me. He got my case dismissed. On top of everything his communication and responsiveness are exceptional. He was there at all times of need. Also very affordable for a top lawyer. I highly recommend him and his firm.

        thumb Noe Martinez
        8/06/2019

      An Introduction to Washington DC Drug Laws

      There are several drug-related criminal offenses in the District of Columbia. The two major offenses are:

      1. Drug possession without the intent to manufacture or distribute.
      2. Drug manufacture, distribution, or possession with intent to manufacture or distribute.

      Both offenses carry significant penalties upon conviction which include fines, jail time, or both. Depending on the seriousness of the offense and other factors, you may face penalties up to tens of thousands of dollars in fines and several decades in prison.

      For this reason, if you are facing drug charges in Washington DC, it is vital to contact an expert DC Criminal Defense Attorney or DC Drug Lawyer to defend you. The experienced attorneys at Ervin Kibria Law stand ready to work zealously on your case and achieve the best result possible. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

      DC Drug Offenses: Important Words to Know

      The three terms below are important to remember as they have significant bearing on any drug charges in DC. Whether your case actually involves a “controlled substance” can determine if any penalties apply in the first place. Which “Schedule” the involved drugs fall under and whether they are “narcotic drugs” determines the severity of the penalties associated with a drug conviction in DC.

      “Controlled Substance”

      Controlled substances are the drugs, substances, and immediate precursors of those drugs and substances, as listed within Subchapter II of Chapter 9 of the DC Code.

      “Schedule I” through “Schedule V”

      The controlled substances DC drug law covers are grouped into five different tiers—Schedule I through V—based on several factors, including potential for abuse, a risk to public health, and whether there is an acceptable medical use for the particular substance.

      Schedule I substance has high potential for abuse, and has no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or in the District of Columbia, or lacks accepted safety for use in treatment under medical supervision.

      Schedule II substance has high potential for abuse; has currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or the District of Columbia, or currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions, and abuse of the substance may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

      Schedule III substance has a potential for abuse less than the substances listed in Schedules I and II; has currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or the District of Columbia; and abuse of the substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.

      Schedule IV substance has a low potential for abuse relative to substances in Schedule III; the substance has currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or the District of Columbia; and the abuse of the substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the substances in Schedule III.

      Schedule V substance has low potential for abuse relative to the controlled substances listed in Schedule IV; has currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or the District of Columbia; and has limited physical dependence or psychological dependence liability relative to the controlled substances listed in Schedule IV.

      What Schedule the particular drug or drugs involved in your case fall under is one of the biggest factors in determining the maximum penalties you may receive for a conviction.

      “Narcotic Drug”

      Under the DC Code, the term “narcotic drug” specifically denotes opium and cocaine, alongside various derivatives from those drugs and substances with similar chemical effect. The term also includes substances with opium or cocaine mixed in.

      DC Drug Offenses: Possession without Intent to Manufacture or Distribute (Simple Possession)

      Per DC Code §48–904.01(b), “it is unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance”.

      The exceptions to the above are:

      1. Controlled substances obtained, either directly or pursuant to a prescription, from a practitioner acting in the course of his or her professional practice.
      2. Marijuana necessary for medical treatment, obtained after getting a proper license.
      3. 1 ounce or less of marijuana.

      Simple possession is generally not a felony, but a misdemeanor offense. A conviction for simple possession can be punished by a fine of up to $1,000, jail time of up to 180 days, or both.

      There is a special exception in the DC Code for simple possession of the drug phencyclidine—commonly known as PCP—in liquid form, which is a felony. Conviction for this offense can be punished by a fine of up to $12,500, jail time of up to 3 years, or both.

      Leniency for 1st Time Offense of Simple Possession

      If you are convicted of simple possession, but your criminal record is completely clean of any other drug-related offenses, it is possible to ask for one-time leniency from the court. If the court chooses to grant such leniency, they can put the guilty judgment on hold and instead assign a probation period of up to 1 year, with reasonable conditions. If you do not violate the probation conditions and do as the court instructs, the court will dismiss the proceedings, meaning you will not have a conviction for simple possession on your record. The court will still keep a nonpublic record of the dismissal, however, for the purposes of denoting that you already used up your one-time leniency under the law.

      DC Drug Offenses: Manufacture, Distribution, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Distribute

      Per DC Code §48–904.01(a)(1), it is unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally manufacture, distribute, or possess, with intent to manufacture or distribute, a controlled substance—unless permitted via a license to do so.

      Violating this law will involve felony drug charges and the penalties depend on the Schedule and nature of the controlled substance in question:

      1. For a Schedule I or II controlled substance that is a narcotic or abusive drug, the penalty is a fine of up to $75,000, up to 30 years of jail time, or both.
      2. For a Schedule I, II, or III controlled substance, except for a narcotic or abusive drug, the penalty is a fine of up to $12,500, up to 5 years of jail time, or both.
      3. For a Schedule IV controlled substance, the penalty is a fine of up to $12,500, up to 3 years of jail time, or both.
      4. For a Schedule V controlled substance, the penalty is a fine of up to $2,500, up to 1 year of jail time, or both.
      5. If the conviction involved solely half a pound of marijuana or less and you have no other convictions for manufacture, distribution, or possession with intent to manufacture or distribute on your record, the penalty is a fine of up to $1,000, up to 180 days of jail time, or both.
      Second of subsequent convictions for the offense doubles the maximum fines and jail time.

      If the offense involves distribution to minors (age 18 or younger), the maximum jail time involved doubles.

      If the offense involves enlisting minors to distribute, additional penalties are added on:

      1. For a first-time offense of enlisting minors to distribute, the penalty is up to $25,000 in fines, up to 10 years of jail time, or both.
      2. For a second or subsequent offense of enlisting minors to distribute, the penalty is up to $50,000, up to 20 years of jail time, or both.

      If the offense involves distributing in a “drug free zone”, the maximum fines and jail time penalties double. Drug free zones mainly include all areas within 1000 feet of an educational facility, such as an elementary school or college, or a recreational area frequented by minors, such as a playground or video arcade. The full definition of a drug free zone in DC can be found at DC Code §48–904.07a.

      In addition, DC Code §48–904.03a makes it illegal to knowingly open or maintain any place to manufacture, distribute, or store for the purpose of manufacture or distribution a narcotic or abusive drug. The penalty is a fine of up to $75,000, up to 25 years of jail time with a 5-year minimum sentence, or both.

      Special Marijuana Exception

      Under the DC Code, it is not a crime for a person 21 years or older to:

      1. Possess, use, purchase, or transport marijuana weighing 2 ounces or less;
      2. Transfer to another person 21 years of age or older, without remuneration, marijuana weighing one ounce or less;
      3. Possess, grow, harvest, or process, within the interior of a house or rental unit that constitutes such person’s principal residence, no more than 6 cannabis plants, with 3 or fewer being mature, flowering plants; provided, that all persons residing within a single house or single rental unit may not possess, grow, harvest, or process, in the aggregate, more than 12 cannabis plants, with 6 or fewer being mature, flowering plants;
      4. Possess within such house or rental unit the marijuana produced by such plants.

      Note that marijuana is still a controlled substance when it is sold, offered for sale, or made available for sale, with the accompanying restrictions.

      The law does not prevent employers from placing and enforcing their own restrictions on the possession, consumption, use, display, transfer, distribution, sale, transportation, or growing of marijuana in the workplace. Landlords have similar powers with regard to real property they own.

      Additionally, DC Code §48–911.01 prohibits the consumption of marijuana in a public space. The definition of “public space” under this section basically amounts to everywhere except a private residence. Violation of this law is a misdemeanor and carries a penalty of up to $500 in fines, 60 days of jail time, or both.

      Also, possession or transfer without remuneration of marijuana weighing one ounce or less is still a civil violation. The police can impose a $25 civil fine and confiscate all marijuana and paraphernalia in sight if they find a violator. If the violator is 18 years old or younger, a notice will be sent to the parent or guardian.

      Finally, it is important to remember that marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

      Drug Paraphernalia

      Broadly, drug paraphernalia includes anything that is used to grow, harvest, process, measure, package, or use drugs. A more detailed definition can be found at DC Code §48–1101(3).

      Possession of drug paraphernalia in DC is punishable upon conviction by a fine of up to $250, 30 days of jail time, or both.

      Sale or delivery of drug paraphernalia in DC is punishable upon the first conviction by a fine of up to $1,000, 180 days of jail time, or both. A second or subsequent conviction carries a fine of up to $12,500, 2 years of jail time, or both. There is also a special offense involving a person 18 years or older selling or delivering drug paraphernalia to a minor at least 3 years their junior. That particular offense is punishable upon conviction by a fine of up to $25,000, up to 8 years of jail time, or both.

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