Washington DC Drug Crimes Lawyer

A criminal law DC defense lawyer/ DC drug lawyer specializing in drug related offenses could significantly reduce both the statutory jail time and the related stiff fines. 

In Washington DC, it is illegal and chargeable for any person to knowingly or intentionally manufacture, distribute, or possess, with intent to manufacture or distribute, a controlled substance unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of his or her professional practice.

Simple possession of a controlled substance carries a potential sentence of 180 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.  Depending on the quantity and the designation of the controlled substance, a conviction for possession with intent to distribute or for distribution of a controlled substance in Washington DC can carry a sentence of up to 30 years in prison and/or a $500,000 fine.

The term “controlled substance” in Washington DC is defined as: a drug or other substance, or immediate precursor (means a substance which the Mayor has found to be, and by rule designates as being, the principal compound commonly used or produced primarily for use, and which is an immediate chemical intermediary used or likely to be used in the manufacture of which is necessary to prevent, curtail, or limit manufacture), included in specified statutory schedules are codified under the resources section of this site. [DC ST § 48-902.04].

In a prosecution for unlawful possession of a controlled substance in DC, the government has to establish beyond a reasonable doubt both the nature of the substance and possession thereof.  Possession in Washington DC can be either actual or constructive.

Actual possession in Washington DC means that the substance is in the physical custody of the person charged with possession (i.e. in the person’s pocket or hand), while constructive possession in Washington DC means that the illegal substance are within dominion and control or reach of the individual charged.

Possession of drug paraphernalia is also a misdemeanor punishable by no more than $1000 or imprisoned for not more than 180 days, or both.  Generally drug paraphernalia is defined as any device or instrument that can facilitate use, injection, or administration of the controlled substance.   The specific list of all the statutory enumerated DC Drug Paraphernalia is codified under the resources section of this site.  DC ST § 48-1101(3).

Possession and use of Marijuana is now legal in DC under certain provisions and restrictions as detailed below:

DC Marijuana Possession and Use

Contact our experienced criminal law DC defense lawyers/DC drug Lawyers today for free in person case evaluation.  Our DC criminal defense lawyers routinely litigate and take to trial complex drug cases involving at times hand guns or weapons charges with successful results limiting exposure and obtaining acquittals by Judges or Juries.