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Handling Drug Cases in Virginia

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Course Information

Time 64 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

One of the most common criminal charges in Virginia is drug possession and distribution. This is an introductory course for criminal practitioners in Virginia, laying out a guideline for approaching drug cases.

This program, presented by Virginia criminal law attorney Bradley Henson, focuses on criminal procedure in both the General District Court and Circuit Court, how to spot common legal issues, and developing winning strategies for your clients.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze the procedural framework of a typical drug case in Virginia, from arraignment through pretrial motions, preliminary hearing, and plea or trial
  2. Understand the various statutory deferred disposition programs available in drug cases and their effect on your client’s criminal record
  3. Identify common legal defenses that arise in drug possession and distribution cases and how to assert them
  4. Build a strategy starting from the initial client meeting to achieve the best possible result for your client

Credit Information

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Bradley Henson

Henson Pachuta & Kammerman, PLLC

Mr. Henson was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Rochester, New York. After graduating from Washington and Lee University School of Law, he served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Michael P. McWeeny and the Honorable Lorraine Nordlund of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. After clerking, Mr. Henson was a trial attorney with the Office of the Public Defender for Fairfax County. In that role he represented clients charged with crimes ranging from reckless driving to burglary. Mr. Henson has represented clients before the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court.

Mr. Henson left the Public Defender’s Officer to become a founding partner in the firm of Henson Pachuta & Kammerman, PLLC, located in Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to criminal defense, he now also focuses his attention on immigration law. He represents clients in removal defense, family immigration petitions, asylum, and special immigrant juvenile status petitions. He is knowledgeable about the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and assists criminal defense attorneys whose clients have concerns about the effect their case will have on their immigration status. 


Thomas S.

Brad was a great choice for this material

Karen R.

practical, useful solid presentation

June C.

Another excellent presentation. Thank you.

Peter K.

well done!!

Andrew K.

Great practical advice!

Ian R.

Really enjoyed this!

Christian K.

Beyond the basic subject of the class, I found this to be an excellent refresher on basic criminal procedure. Would definitely recommend.

Jo M.

Good information from an informed presenter. Well done.

Adria B.

Well done and very thorough!

John M.

Great Job.

Carrol C.

Very informative program and clear speaker.

Deborah Lynn W.

This guy was great -

Shirley W.

very useful and practical.

Stephen K.


Antoine M.

Good boilerplate strategies in criminal defense

Julie B.


Derek P.

Great presentation. The best I've seen this CLE season -- seriously.

Bruce P.

Good for someone with no experience at all in drug cases, but very basic.

Cathleen W.

Good intro class. Could even have another, longer session.

john t.

Great general overview of basic drug case issues and responsibilities.

Lawrence J.

well done

Nicholas S.

Excellent and Informative course


Great overview course

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