J.B Thomas and Associates Attorneys
(757)218-3087

1425 Belmont Drive, Bedford, VA 24523

Misdemeanor and Felony Drug Offenses

J.B. Thomas and Associates provide quality defense for individuals facing drug related charges in the Roanoke - Bedford, VA region.

"The function of the prosecutor under the federal Constitution is not to tack as many skins of victims as possible against the wall. His function is to vindicate the rights of the people as expressed in the laws and give those accused of crime a fair trial. "    ~ William Orville Douglas

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If you are interested in discussing a drug related case, please fill out and submit a Criminal Charge Information Form.

  You will be contacted within 24 business   hours.

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Types of Drug Offenses

The term "drug offense" applies to a wide variety of drug-related charges. J.B. Thomas and Associates provide expert criminal defense services for their clients who are accused of drug offenses including, but not necessarily limited to:
  • Cultivation
  • Manufacturing
  • Prescription fraud
  • Trafficking
  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to distribute
 

 Drug Offense Conviction

 Drug charge convictions often result in tremendous fines, lengthy  probation, compulsory drug testing, court ordered rehabilitation  programs, and even imprisonment. The severity of the punishment  depends on many factors, including:
  • Prior convictions
  • Media attention
  • Circumstances surrounding the crime
  • Personal bias of law enforcement officials, judges, and juries
  • Effectiveness of legal counsel
  • Quantity of the drug
  • Scheduled drug classification
  • Intent of possession
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Additional Punishments

Federal law (and most state laws) allow for "forfeiture" of property used in the course of drug crimes, along with the profits from the crime. For instance, the government may seize an offender's vehicle if it was used to transport drugs.

 

If convicted, additional time or fines can be added if:
  • The drugs are given or sold to minors
  • Minors are used in the drug distribution process
  • The drugs are sold or distributed near schools
Once convicted, rights and priveleges can be affected:
  • Disqualification from receiving federal financial aid for college
  • Driver's license will be suspended for six months to five years
  • Difficulty maintaining job or finding one in the future.

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