Drug charge solicitors
There are a number of drug-related offences that can lead to criminal charges being brought, largely based on the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Depending on the class of drugs concerned and the amount found in your possession, custodial sentences are possible. If you’re being investigated or have been charged with any drug offence, you need expert advice right away.
Defending drug charges
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Who can help when I’ve been charged with drugs offences?
While every drugs charge has the potential to be serious, it’s worth noting that the extent of any possible penalty will inevitably hinge on the type and quantity of drugs involved. Possession of a Class A substance is always serious, but far more so when the quantity involved suggests intent to supply.
The most common drug offences include:
- Possession of a controlled drug
- Possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply
- Production of a controlled drug
- Drug smuggling
- Drug trafficking
- Driving under the influence of drugs
Even possession of a small amount of cannabis could potentially have serious implications for you. If you’ve been caught by the Police in possession of any drugs, you need to seek expert legal representation right away.
How can you defend me against a drugs charge?
If you’ve been caught in possession of a controlled substance, the Police may not yet have told you of their intentions. Where small amounts that suggest personal use only have been found, it’s possible that the Police may decide to take no further action, or to issue a caution.
The latter course may sound preferable to a prosecution, but it’s important to understand that while a Police caution is not the same thing as a conviction, it still forms part of your criminal record and may be taken by a court as evidence of ‘bad character’ if you’re subsequently prosecuted for another crime.
Speaking to an experienced solicitor who can attempt to mitigate your case with the Police before they make any firm decisions is always the best option.
You should also be aware that where large amounts of controlled drugs are linked to you, lengthy custodial sentences are always an option. The majority of serious offences under the are also deemed ‘lifestyle’ offences for the purposes of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and confiscation proceedings in the event of conviction are inevitable.
If the Police have linked you to any drugs offences, however minor they may seem to you, it’s essential to speak to an experienced criminal defence lawyer right away.
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