Trying Drug Cases in Virginia (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0; VIDC Recertification Credit: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $140 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 08/31/2019


A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the August 2016 webcast, Trying Drug Cases in Virginia.

VIDC Recertification Credit: 2.0

Topics Covered Include:

An examination of the typical drug case, from its inception to conclusion, noting special laws and applicable procedures

  • Brush up on the latest law and cases involving drug offenses
  • Examine the challenges and opportunities unique to drug offenses
  • Share tips and best practices from the government and defense perspectives

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—two experienced defense counsel, both with prosecutorial experience—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.




Lisa K. Caruso, Stevens Caruso /Woodbridge (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Lisa Caruso is currently a partner at the Criminal Defense firm of Stevens Caruso in Woodbridge, Virginia.  Prior to this, she served as the elected Commonwealth’s Attorney in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.  Previous to her elected position, she was the Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Colonial Heights, Virginia.  Ms. Caruso has been a public defender in both the Louisville Jefferson District Public Defender’s Office in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Public Defender’s Office in Richmond, Virginia, and she was in private practice in Louisville as well.  Ms. Caruso is a former chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and also served on then–Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s Advisory Committee for Restoration of Voting Rights to Convicted Felons.  She was appointed as the 4th District Representative to the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries by then–Governor Robert F. McDonnell.  Ms. Caruso has a J.D. from The Salmon P. Chase College of law and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Louisville.


Casey R. Stevens, Stevens Caruso / Woodbridge (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Casey Stevens is a partner in the firm of Stevens Caruso in Woodbridge, Virginia.  He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1984 with a B.S. in Business and received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 1988.  After receiving his J.D., he served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable James C. Cacheris, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.  He then served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Prince William County from 1989–1994.  He has served as president of the Prince William County Bar Association, and as a chair of both the Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section Board of Governors and the Virginia State Bar 5th District Ethics Committee.  Mr. Stevens focuses his practice almost exclusively on Criminal Defense. 

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