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Virginia Cocaine Laws

Cocaine is an illegal substance in all states, although state governments vary widely in how they prosecute drug crimes in general. Virginia classifies cocaine as a Schedule II drug (heroin is Schedule I), which carries a jail sentence of up to one year and/or a $2,500 fine for simple possession. The sale of cocaine carries much harsher sentences -- 20 years to life in prison for the sale of more than 5 kilograms of cocaine.

The basics of Virginia cocaine laws, including crime classifications and sentences, are listed in the following chart. See FindLaw's Drug Charges section for related articles.

Code Section 18.2-247; 54.1-3448
Possession Any amount: Class 5 felony (up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine)
Sale 5-40 yrs. and up to $500,000 if defendant proves he gave drug (1) not for profit; (2) not to an inmate, or (3) not for recipient to become addicted, then Class 5 felony; "Drug kingpin" if over 5 kg.: up to $1,000,000 and 20 yrs. to life with 20 yrs. mandatory; Subsequent offense: at court or jury's discretion, life or not less than 5 yrs. and up to $500,000; Sale to minor or within 1000 ft. of school: stricter penalties
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Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Virginia drug crime attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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