Charleston, WV Drug Crime Lawyer Protecting Your Rights
How authorities charge you for an alleged drug offense often depends on your lawyer’s skills. Drug charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies, and whether a state or federal court hears your case is based on which court has jurisdiction. Many variables enter into a case, which makes it wise to choose a drug crime attorney with extensive trial experience at both state and federal levels. The Giatras Law Firm, PLLC has provided rigorous drug crime defense for more than two decades. We have a long list of cases tried in both state and federal courts. Each client deserves and receives our compassion and respect, and yet we fight aggressively for the best possible outcome.
West Virginia marijuana law
Of all types of drug arrests, marijuana is the most common in West Virginia. The majority of individuals arrested for marijuana offenses are teenagers and young adults. Marijuana possession is the least serious type of drug charge but still can result in 90 days to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. Possession with intent to distribute is more serious, punishable as a felony and carrying from one to five years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.
Even misdemeanor convictions can seriously damage potential careers or ruin scholarships for young adults or teenagers.
Attorney Troy Giatras zealously approaches your defense, delving into any Constitutional rights violations, such as illegal search and seizure or lack of a proper search warrant. As a criminal lawyer, he takes the time to thoroughly investigate and prepare your case, keeping your rights intact.
West Virginia drug laws—drug manufacturing and drug trafficking
Drug crimes involving cocaine, crack, heroin, meth, and the illegal dealing of prescription drugs are more serious than marijuana offenses, whether involving possession or drug related activities. Drug manufacture, transport, distribution, and sales are felony offenses.
Attorneys, who know the criminal justice system can evaluate your case, help you handle bail, develop an innovative acquittal strategy, or pursue a favorable plea agreement, if that is the best option.
For example, there are several options for defending drug trafficking charges such as determining lab equipment issues, beyond a reasonable doubt, confronting the confidential informant, declaring entrapment and sometimes requesting an amendment to the charges. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney will be a top priority.
Dealing with your criminal defense matter may seem overwhelming. Trust The Giatras Law Firm, PLLC, to provide you with peace of mind.