A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the August 2013 webcast, Trying Drug Cases in Virginia.
Topics covered include:
- An Overview of Virginia and Federal Laws and Cases
- The Decision to Bring Charges: Policies, Practices, and the Federal-State Dimension
- Considerations in Accepting the Client and Case
- Investigatory Phase: Discovery; Value of the Preliminary Hearing; and Strategies When There Are Co-defendants
- Pretrial Matters: Forensic Issues, and Searches and Seizures
- Trial and Plea Agreements
- Sentencing, Related Disabilities, and Alternatives to Sentencing
Drug cases, from simple possession up through manufacture and distribution, are common in the criminal courts throughout Virginia, and nearly every criminal defense attorney has many under his or her belt. Proof of the offense is often relatively simple: was the defendant found in possession of a greater or lesser amount of contraband substance? But complexities abound. Is prosecution warranted in the first instance? How do the federal authorities play a role? Was the search and seizure legal? Is the substance seized truly contraband, e.g., precursors and designed drugs? If convicted, are there alternatives to confinement?
Our expert speakers—a sitting Commonwealth’s Attorney and frequent special federal prosecutor, and an experienced defense counsel—will take us through all unique facets of a drug case, offering their differing perspectives and tips for success. Whether you are contemplating defending your first drug case, or have defended hundreds, you’ll learn something new and useful during these two hours.