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Drug charges in Fairfax County, Virginia, are a serious matter. Whether you’re facing charges for possession of marijuana, distribution of cocaine, or a prescription medication offense, the penalties can be severe. These penalties might include jail time, loss of your driver’s license, hefty fines, and a criminal record that impacts your future. That’s why if you’ve been arrested, having the right legal representation is crucial.

Why a Drug Defense Lawyer Matters

The legal system is complex, and drug laws in Virginia carry many nuances. An experienced drug possession lawyer understands these intricacies and can help you navigate them. Mark Nicewicz has over 25 years of experience representing clients in Fairfax County and throughout Northern Virginia. His skills and deep knowledge of local courts can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.

Understanding Virginia Drug Charges

Virginia law classifies drug offenses into several categories. Understanding the differences is the first step in building your defense:

  • Simple Possession: Even possession of smaller quantities of drugs can have adverse consequences. In Virginia, possession of marijuana carries an automatic driver’s license suspension on top of any other penalties.
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute (PWID): Facing charges of selling or distributing drugs carries significantly harsher penalties than simple possession. The amount of the drug in your possession is a determining factor.
  • Drug Manufacturing: Charges related to manufacturing or producing drugs lead to even more severe penalties.
  • Prescription Fraud: Being caught with prescription medication you don’t have a prescription for, or offenses like “doctor shopping” are taken seriously by Virginia courts.

Building Your Defense

A skilled drug possession lawyer can leverage several strategies depending on the specific circumstances of your case. Here’s where Mark Nicewicz’s experience becomes invaluable:

  • Challenging the Search: Under certain conditions, evidence obtained through an illegal search might be suppressed.
  • Negotiations: Experienced attorneys can often negotiate with prosecutors to potentially reduce charges or lessen penalties.
  • Alternative Sentencing Programs: Depending on your situation and criminal history, programs like the 251 Disposition Program might be an option. This could lead to reduced charges or even complete dismissal upon successful completion.

Don’t Face It Alone – Experience Matters

Drug charges can turn your life upside down. When your future is at stake, you need an attorney who understands the gravity of the situation and fights tirelessly for your rights. Clients describe Mark Nicewicz as responsive, knowledgeable, and caring. He’s committed to working alongside you during this challenging time.

Take the First Step: Get a Free Consultation

Navigating these legal complexities alone is overwhelming. Contact Mark Nicewicz for a free confidential consultation to discuss your situation and legal options. Reach our office at 703-319-8187 or connect with us via our contact form at www.nicewicz.com/contact.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Traffic Violations
  • Reckless Driving
  • Felonies and Misdemeanors

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1985
  • District of Columbia, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1985
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1982
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Economics & Philosophy
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