Possession or Distribution of Khat in Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, and Arlington
Our Experience with helping people with Possession of Khat charges in Virginia.
People call The Gordon Law Firm with questions about Possession of Khat charges or Distribution of Khat charges often. The lawyers at The Gordon Law Firm have helped hundreds of people charged with misdemeanor and felony drug offenses in Virginia. These charges include legal representation for Possession of Khat and Distribution of Khat in Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun courts.
Carlos Wall and Alex Gordon are experienced criminal defense attorneys who are ready to provide reliable and honest advice and to aggressively fight Khat possession charges. Our drug defense lawyers, Carlos and Alex understand that many good people make mistakes. We are here to fight for you and protect your rights in when you a facing a Khat related drug charge in Virginia. Call us today at 703.218.8416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a Free Consultation.
We start with a free consultation for people charged with possession of Khat in Virginia in our office or over the phone. Carlos Wall and Alex Gordon take the time to learn the facts and the circumstances involved in the arrest from your point of view. Together will go over the strategies available in your case. We may be able to attack the prosecutors case on issues such as how you were encountered by the police and whether there was probable cause to search you before you were arrested.
If your friend or loved one is in jail on Khat possession charge, please contact us right away. The first thing you should know is to not discuss details of the case over the jail telephone. All calls to the jail are being monitored by the police and recorded. One of The Gordon Law Firm attorneys will go to the jail to meet with your friend or family member for the free consultation. We can also discuss how we can file a bond motion for your friend or family member. Call us immediately at 703.218.8416.
We have 35 years of combined experience fighting drug cases like Khat possession. If you hire our firm, only Carlos or Alex will handle your case. Your case will not be transferred to another attorney with less experience. As criminal defense lawyers we are in courts fighting criminal charges like possession of Khat in Fairfax often. We also help clients with drug charges like khat possession in Loudoun and Prince William County as well. Alex and Carlos have appeared before these judges hundreds of time and have developed a reputation with many of the local Commonwealth Attorneys as tough, prepared, and persistent.
The Gordon Law Firm believes that you should have access to your lawyer when you need advice. You will be able to call or text Alex and Carlos on their cell phones if you have any concerns about the status your drug charge.
What is Khat?
Khat (Bath Salts) does not refer to any single drug, but rather a group of similar substances, chemically-made versions of a type of drug found in the Khat plant, an evergreen shrub from East Africa and southern Arabia. In the same way that Spice and K2 are referred to as synthetic marijuana, Bath Salts are referred to as synthetic stimulants. They can also cause hallucinations like that of LSD.
Bath Salts often contain a varied mix of chemicals, so even if the packaging looks the same, one never knows what the product actually contains. It is usually sold in powdered form in small plastic or foil packages. It can be white, off-white, yellow or brown and may also be sold in capsules or tablets, or in small jars in liquid form. Users usually snort or inject it, or mix it with food or drink. This can include “bombing” it (swallowing it wrapped in cigarette paper), taking it rectally, inhaling it using a vaporizer or smoking it. Other names can include: Arctic Blast, Cloud 9, Hurricane Charlie, Monkey Dust, Stardust, White Burn, or Zoom
What is the Punishment for Possession of Khat in Virginia?
Possession of Khat is a Class 5 Felony. The punishments may include:
1 year to 10 years in prison; and/or
1 day to 12 months in jail; and/or
A fine of up to $2500.00; and
A six month loss of your privilege to drive.
You can also be required by a court to complete drug treatment and probation.
If this is your first time being charged with a drug offense and it is for simple possession of Khat, you may be able to complete probation and drug treatment and have the Khat charge dismissed pursuant to Virginia Code Section 18.2-251.
Sentencing and punishment is often determined by a judge. If this is not your first offense, and you are found guilty by a judge, the court will consider Virginia Sentencing Guidelines for your Khat possession conviction.
What is the Punishment for Manufacturing or Distribution of Khat in Virginia?
Under Virginia Code Section 18.2-248(C), for a first offense conviction of Manufacturing with the Intent to Distribute Khat or Distribution of Khat, the penalty is:
A sentence between 5 and 40 years in prison; and/or a fine of up to $500,000.
If this is the second offense of Distribution of Khat, or any other Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 substance:
A minimum sentence of 3 years in prison with a possibility of 5 years to Life in prison and/or a fine of up to $500,000.
What is the Punishment for Possession of Khat with the Intent to Distribute?
Unfortunately there is not a difference for merely possessing Khat in Virginia with the intent to distribute and actually distributing Khat. The potential jail time is the same according to Virginia Code Section 18.2-248(C).