Cigarettes Are Legal, Trafficking Them Is Not
In the United States and Virginia, cigarettes are legal. However, the illegal transport or sale of cigarettes can result in serious criminal charges with harsh penalties. If you are caught with more than the allowed amount of cigarettes with the intent to distribute, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
At The Law Office of David M. Smith, PLLC, I have extensive experience defending clients against cigarette trafficking charges in the Richmond area. I know which arguments work best in your defense. With cigarette trafficking a niche area of criminal law, you need an attorney who knows how to fight these specific charges.
Cigarette Trafficking Convictions Can Have Devastating Consequences
Under federal law, cigarette sales are regulated and carefully watched. Although not sentenced along with illegal drug charges, cigarette trafficking crimes in Virginia are serious. Each pack of cigarettes is charged as a separate offense, leading to many criminal charges and thousands of dollars in fines.
Cigarette trafficking cases may include:
- Using a fake business license
- Fake storefront
- Purchasing more than 25 cartons at a time
In Virginia, you can face a class two misdemeanor charge for possessing, purchasing or receiving 3,000 or fewer packs of cigarettes with the intention to transport or sell. You can also face a fine of up to $500 per pack of cigarettes. Possessing or purchasing more than 3,000 packs of cigarettes with the intention to transport or sell can lead to a class six felony and $2,500 per pack of cigarettes. You can also face prison time for possessing 500 packs or less of unstamped cigarettes with intent to distribute.
Aggressive Criminal Defense Representation To Protect Your Future
If you face criminal charges related to cigarette trafficking, you don’t have time to waste. The penalties can be severe, leading to devastating fines and years behind bars. To schedule a free consultation, contact The Law Office of David M. Smith, PLLC, at 804-621-0744 or complete my online contact form to get in touch.