Fairfax County Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer

Drug Possession Defense in Northern Virginia and the D.C. Metro

There are diversion programs for first-time drug offenders, and I know how to challenge the evidence if you are facing time in jail or prison for drug crimes.

I am Jonathan Short, a drug crime defense attorney with more than 25 years of trial experience. From my office in Alexandria, I have successfully defended adults and juveniles in northern Virginia and the D.C. metro area accused of drug crimes. I work hard to have cases dismissed, and when that is not possible, I often help clients get into diversion programs if they are first offenders. I also have considerable trial skills, so I can and will defend you in court if that is the best way to protect your rights.

Powerful Defense Against Many Types of Drug Offenses in Virginia

As an experienced lawyer, I defend clients in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and throughout northern Virginia who are accused of:

  • Possession of marijuana or operating a marijuana grow house
  • Possession or sale of drugs like meth, heroin or cocaine
  • Prescription drug crimes (OxyContin, Vicodin, etc.)
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Drug trafficking or drug distribution

Fighting Drug Crime Allegations

I look closely at the facts for errors in police procedures or violations of your constitutional rights, which can lead to suppression of evidence or dismissal of the case entirely. Did police have probable cause to pull you over or stop you on the street? Did they have the authority to conduct a search of your person, your vehicle or your home? Can they prove the chain of custody in the testing of substances found? What evidence ties you specifically to the drugs?

By finding holes in the case, I can negotiate with prosecutors for reduced charges or alternative sentences. Most of the jurisdictions where I practice criminal defense — Arlington County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, the city of Alexandria, and Washington, D.C. — have diversion programs for first offenders. If you are have no prior convictions for drugs or violence, possession charges are dismissed if you pay fines, complete probation and community service and get drug treatment.

Charged With Possession With Intent to Distribute? Contact an Arlington Lawyer for Help.

Contact me immediately to discuss your arrest for drug crimes and possible resolutions. You can reach me 24/7 at 703-465-5505 or e-mail me. I offer a free consultation.

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