The Virginia 251 Program

The Virginia 251 Program is an excellent option for individuals charged with a first offense drug possession in the state of Virginia. The program is named after section 18.2-251 of the Virginia state code. The law provides an opportunity to have the drug possession case continued for some period of time.

During that time, the accused must avoid any other illegal behavior, perform community service, and take drug classes. If the accused is successful in meeting the conditions of the 251 program, then the case against the accused will be dismissed. The judge will determine the specific terms of probation and community service.

  • The accused must successfully complete treatment or an education program.
  • The accused must remain drug and alcohol free during the period of probation and submit to tests during that period.
  • The accused must make reasonable efforts to secure and maintain employment.
  • The accused must comply with a plan of at least 100 hours of community service for a felony and up to 24 hours of community service for a misdemeanor.
  • Testing will be overseen by the supervising probation agency.

For more information about the Virginia 251 Program, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Virginia Drug Attorney.