Morgantown, WV Drug Crimes Lawyer Defends Against Drug Charges
We fight accusations of drug possession, distribution, trafficking & manufacturing
From our Morgantown office, Angotti & Straface, L.C. has successfully defended West Virginians facing serious drug charges at state and federal levels. We carefully probe law enforcement procedures to make sure proper protocol was followed, including stopping and searching your vehicle and searching your home. We examine all the evidence against you. We challenge the assumptions and actions that led police to investigate you. And we expose any informants who may have testified against you.
It takes only a single drug conviction to change your life forever. A drug crime defense lawyer from our firm with knowledge of West Virginia and federal drug laws can develop a strong case in your favor.
What constitutes drug distribution, trafficking and manufacturing?
At Angotti & Straface, our drug crimes lawyers routinely handle cases involving:
- Drug distribution — Delivering (not including administering or dispensing) a controlled substance or a listed chemical
- Drug trafficking — The production, transport and distribution of one or more illicit substances through large-scale, highly controlled means
- Drug manufacturing — The production, preparation or processing of a controlled substance
We also handle cases of drug possession. Our lawyers are well versed in state and federal drug laws.
State and federal law violations carry heavy punishments
Drugs are classified according to a system of five schedules:
- Schedule I comprises the drugs with the highest likelihood of abuse, such as LSD, marijuana, heroin, methaqualone and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Ectasy).
- Schedule II includes controlled substances, such as methadone, meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (Percocet and OxyContin), morphine, opium and codeine.
- Schedule III includes combination products with less than 15 milligrams of hydrocodone per dosage unit (Vicodin).
- Schedule IV drugs have relatively low potential for abuse and include Valium and Xanax.
- Schedule V consists of preparations with limited amounts of certain narcotics and includes cough preparations with less than 200 milligrams of codeine per 100 milliliters.
Penalties for possession, distribution, trafficking and manufacture can be most severe. For example, if you are convicted of distributing a Schedule I or II drug, you face penitentiary imprisonment for one to four years and/or a fine of up to $30,000. It is a felony.
However, if you are convicted for first-time marijuana possession of less than 15 grams, you are guilty of a misdemeanor. You face jail time of 90 days to six months and/or a fine of up to $1,000. However, marijuana laws at both the state and federal levels can carry severe penalties. Drug crime convictions could also impact your immigration status.
Minimize your risk and maintain your freedom
Angotti & Straface, L.C. defends West Virginians accused of drug possession, manufacture and distribution. If you are under investigation or have been charged with a drug crime, call us now. You can reach our Morgantown office at 304-212-7368 or contact us online and get your free initial consultation. We stand ready to help you.