Possession of marijuana charges are among the most common criminal charges in Virginia, and it takes an experienced attorney to properly advise you on the best course of action for any cannabis charges that you are facing. It is important to be fully advised on the possible outcomes of a Virginia Possession of Marijuana First Offense. We strongly advise that you reach out to the attorneys at Ervin Kibria PLLC for a free consultation of your case.
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA FIRST OFFENDER
Even if the Commonwealth can prove that you possessed marijuana, there’s still hope. Under Virginia Code 18.2-251, if this is your first offense, you may be eligible to have the charge dismissed. You can read up on 251 diversions here.
To get that outcome, the judge gives you six months to do several things:
1. Have no new offenses.
2. Perform 24 hours of community service.
3. Undergo a substance abuse evaluation and any required treatment.
4. Have your license suspended during the six months.
5. Pay court costs.
If you do all of that successfully, the judge would dismiss the charge completely. It’s a great opportunity for a second chance.