Richmond VA Drug Crime Injury Lawyer
The war on drugs has been going on for decades and has resulted in severe federal and state penalties against individuals who are caught with a certain amount of a controlled substance. While these laws have relaxed in recent years, the Richmond drug crime injury attorney wants to remind you how important it is to keep in mind the number of criminal actions and injuries which occur as the result of drug use, and the corresponding civil claims that can be filed as a result of these injuries.
Types of Drug Crimes in Virginia
Drug crimes encompass a large part of the criminal industry in Virginia and throughout the country. However, drug crimes essentially fall within three categories:
Use-related drug crimes refer to crimes which are committed due to the effects of drugs on a person. This can happen when a person commits a violent robbery, assault, or battery offense against another due to ingesting a drug.
Economic-related drug crimes refer to crimes where an individual commits a criminal activity to fund their drug habits. For example, a criminal who commits a robbery to get quick cash to get their “fix” on, could be guilty of a drug crime.
System-related drug crimes refer to crimes which are the result of the drug system as a whole, including transportation and the criminal actions which can occur from so-called “turf wars.” Innocent bystanders may find themselves in the middle of a heated drug dispute related to the criminal activities of various individuals. Finding yourself caught in the cross-hairs could have dire repercussions on your health and well-being.
For more information regarding the types of drug crimes in Virginia, reach out to a seasoned Richmond drug crime injury lawyer today.
Personal Injury Claims
An individual who has committed a drug crime which resulted in injuries to innocent bystanders could be responsible for damages related to the injuries. While the drug crime itself will be tried in criminal court, a claim for damages may be brought concurrently in civil court. Neither court’s decision will be impacted by the decision of the other. The criminal court will hold the defendant to a higher burden of proof, and therefore if the prosecution is unable to prove all elements of the drug crime, the defendant may not receive a conviction. However, in a civil court, the victim will only have to prove that the defendant was the cause of the injuries.
You may bring a claim for damages against the responsible party for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
The use of drugs can cause serious and extreme damages to users and anyone who is in the immediate vicinity of these users. The drug underworld is a dangerous thing to be a part of, and unfortunately it occurs on city streets each day, unbeknownst to many of us. A civil action filed by an accomplished Richmond personal injury lawyer against the responsible party can help punish the drug use and deter future offenders from participating in criminal activity.
Pendleton Law | Drug Crime Injury Attorneys in Richmond
If you or a loved one have been injured by the actions of a person who was committing a drug crime, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. The attorneys of Christina Pendleton & Associates have years of experience in handling personal injury claims resulting from drug crimes. The actions of individuals when they are addicted to drugs can be devastating to you and your family, and these individuals should be held accountable for the resulting injuries. For a free initial consultation with a Richmond drug crime injury lawyer, contact us today.