Virginians may be charged with drug offenses that range in severity according to the substances that are allegedly involved, their quantities and the circumstances surrounding the offenses. The federal Controlled Substances Act, which was enacted in 1970, provides broad categories into which various illegal drugs and prescription medications fall.
A Virginia teenager who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a deadly DUI crash was sentenced to prison for 20 years. However, 14 of those years have been suspended, meaning he will only serve six years in prison.
A toxicology report has revealed that famous golfer Tiger Woods had several drugs in his system when he was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI in late May. The drugs included THC, Vicodin, Xanax, Ambien and Dilaudid.
A Virginia judge sent two men to prison on Aug. 8 in connection with an April 2015 drunk driving crash that claimed the life of a 33-year-old woman. A 34-year-old Chesapeake man will spend five years in prison and pay a $500 fine, and a 35-year-old Norfolk man was sentenced to a prison term of seven years and ordered to pay a $700 fine. The two men were convicted on charges of DUI, DUI maiming and DUI manslaughter. The accident took place at the intersection of Greenwich Road and Newtown Road in Virginia Beach on April 12, 2015, at approximately 2:30 a.m.
A 40-year-old Virginia man was taken into custody on multiple meth-related charges following the execution of a search warrant at the man's home. Authorities said that a small one-pot methamphetamine lab was found at the residence.
Juveniles facing criminal charges in Virginia could benefit from changing approaches to the sentencing of youthful offenders. Two rulings from the Supreme Court of the United States have shifted the emphasis from extreme punishment of juvenile criminal offenders to one of rehabilitation.
Most people are aware of the dangers of possessing or distributing illegal drugs. Even something like marijuana, which some states decriminalized but is only acceptable for medical use in Virginia, can land a person in hot water.