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Virginia Penalties and Sanctions

All students, faculty and staff should be aware that under Virginia law, a conviction for the use, possession, or distribution of illicit or unlawful drugs may result in the following criminal sanctions.

The following chart displays the state laws for alcohol violations:

OFFENSEFINEINCARCERATIONSUPPLEMENTAL SANCTIONS
Underage Possession and/or Transportation$500 to $2,500Up to 12 MonthsLoss of Driver’s License for up to 1 yearPossible 50 Hours of Community Service in Lieu of Fine
Using a False Driver’s License to Purchase Alcohol$500 to $2,500Up to 12 MonthsLoss of Driver’s License for up to 1 year
Buying Alcohol for a Minor$500 to $2,500Up to 12 MonthsLoss of Driver’s License for up to 1 Year
Selling Alcohol to Minors or Intoxicated Person.$500 to $2,500Up to 12 MonthsLoss of Driver’s License for up to 1 Year
Drunk in PublicUp to $250N/AN/A
Disorderly Conduct$500 to $2,500Up to 12 MonthsN/A
Abusive LanguageUp to $250N/AN/A
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) 1st Offense$250 to $2,500Up to 12 monthsLoss of Driver’s License for 1 Year
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) 2nd Offense Within 10 Years$500 to $2,50030 days to 1 Year.Loss of Driver’s License for 3 Years
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) 3rd Offense Within 10 Years$1,000 to $2,500Up to 5 YearsPermanent Loss of Driver’s LicenseVehicle Seizure
Unlicensed Alcohol Sale$500 to $2,500Up to 12 MonthsN/A
Drinking in PublicUp to $250N/AN/A

The following chart displays state laws for drug violations:

OFFENSEFINEINCARCERATIONSUPPLEMENTAL SANCTIONS
Possession of Marijuana (Under .5 oz. for Personal Use) 1st time offenseUp to $500Up to 30 Days in JailN/A
Possession of Marijuana (Under .5 oz. for Personal Use) 2nd time offense$500 to $2,500Up to 12 MonthsN/A
Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell/Distribute Under .5 oz.$500 to $2,500Up to 12 MonthsN/A
Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell/Distribute .5 oz. to 5 lbs.$500 to $2,50012 Months to 10 YearsN/A
Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell/Distribute 5 lbs. or greaterUp to $2,5005 to 30 YearsN/A
Sale of Marijuana to a Minor (at Least 3 years Younger)Up to $100,00010 to 50 YearsN/A
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (not illegal unless intent to sell)Up to $1,000Up to 6 MonthsN/A
Selling Drug Paraphernalia to AdultUp to $2,500Up to 12 monthsN/A
Selling Drug Paraphernalia to Minor (at Least 3 Years Younger)Up to $2,5001 to 5 YearsN/A
Possession of Schedule I DrugUp to $2,500Up to 10 YearsN/A
Possession of Schedule II DrugUp to $2,500Up to 2 YearsN/A
Possession of Schedule III DrugUp to $2,500Up to 12 MonthsN/A
Possession of Schedule IV DrugUp to $1,000Up to 6 MonthsN/A
Possession of Schedule V DrugUp to $500N/AN/A
Possession of Schedule VI DrugUp to $250N/AN/A
Distribution of Schedule I or II Drug (1st Offense)Up to $500,0005 to 40 YearsN/A
Distribution of Schedule I or II Drug (2nd Offense)Up to $500,0005 years to LifeN/A
Distribution of Schedule III DrugUp to $2,500Up to 12 MonthsOr 1 to 10 Years in Prison in Lieu of Fine
Distribution of Schedule IV DrugUp to $2,500Up to 12 MonthsOr 1 to 5 Years in Prison in Lieu of Fine
Distribution of Schedule V and VI DrugUp to $2,500Up to 12 MonthsN/A