By Rebecca Wade

In this week’s FAQ Friday, Rebecca Wade, partner at Wade Grimes Friedman Meinken & Leischner, explains how the laws in Virginia surrounding possession of marijuana in Virginia recently changed as of July 1, 2017. Before, all drug convictions in Virginia carried a mandatory license suspension. Now, if an individual is charged with possession of marijuana but completes a first offender program, the courts have the discretion to decide not to suspend the license depending on the situation.

About the Author

This is a photo of Rebecca Wade. She is a family law and criminal defense attorney at Old Town Lawyers.

Rebecca Janet Wade

Rebecca Wade is a partner at Wade Grimes Friedman Meinken & Leischner PLLC, practicing in all areas of family law and criminal law having experience with protective orders, divorce, child custody and visitation, child protective services investigations, juvenile delinquency, and criminal charges.

Wade has been named a 2023 Best Lawyer in America by U.S. News & World Report, a 2023 Super Lawyer in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C., and a 2020-2021 Top Lawyer by Northern Virginia Magazine.