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