Types of drug offences our solicitors and lawyers can assist with.
Our specialist drug offence related solicitors and lawyers have decades of experience representing clients in relation to a wide range of drug offence charges. We can offer detailed knowledge of these complex offences and the various opportunities to avoid charges, see charges dropped or secure the minimum penalties where conviction is unavoidable.
Possession Of Drugs
If you are caught in physical possession of a drug you will be charged with possession. This applies even whether or not you knew the drug was a “controlled substance”, although there is a defence under section 28 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 if you can prove that you neither knew, nor suspected nor had reason to suspect that the substance was a controlled drug. You will be charged with straightforward possession of a controlled substance if you are found to have any amount of a Class A drug, e.g. Heroin, Ecstasy, or more than a minimal quantity of a Class B or Class C drug, e.g. Cannabis.
The maximum sentence which can be imposed for possession of a controlled substance is 7 years imprisonment or an unlimited fine in the Crown Court for possession of Class A substances.
Supplying Or Offering To Supply Drugs
This offence involves the intention of passing on a controlled substance to another person. This offence is made out even where the supply is between friends for free, for example sharing cannabis or MDMA with a friend. The supply of a controlled substance is a very serious offence indeed and dealt with as such in the Courts.
These offences can be dealt with either in the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court depending upon the severity of the case and the amounts involved. The maximum sentence for this offence is life imprisonment or an unlimited fine within the Crown Court for supplying a Class A controlled substance.
Our experience has shown recently that with reduced resources, the police are targeting people who are actually supplying controlled substances as opposed to clients who have a small amount of drugs for personal use.
We have defended many cases involving the supply of controlled drugs, ranging from small amounts of cannabis, cocaine or heroin, up to huge drugs conspiracies involving large quantities of drugs and many defendants from all over the country. In many cases we have secured Not Guilty verdicts for our clients, or have persuaded judges to dismiss cases at half-time due to evidential or disclosure problems.
We are familiar with the issues arising where large drugs conspiracy cases are prosecuted. This ranges from managing the large volume of paperwork and evidence involved, to dealing with telephone billing, cell site evidence and covert policing methods.
Where all else fails we’re experienced in dealing with the sentencing process, and have often been able to obtain advantageous sentences for our clients or have sentences which were excessive reduced on appeal.
Production Of Controlled Drugs
Conspiracy Solicitors have immense experience in dealing with production of controlled drugs offences, some of which have attracted extensive interest from the national media.
This offence covers the cultivation and/or manufacturing of controlled drugs, whether it be half a dozen cannabis plants in the loft or garage, or an extensive commercial grow worth thousands of pounds. You may commit the offence if you were directly or indirectly involved with the production process. Indirect involvement could be the letting out of premises for the purposes of cultivation, where you are aware that production is taking place.
Of course, it is for the Prosecution to prove that you were actively involved in some way and if they can’t do that their case should fail.
The offence is made out where:
- A controlled drug is being produced
- There was some link between you and the production process
- That you knew a controlled substance was being produced.
We have dealt with many of these cases, and have, for example, been able on occasion to persuade judges to exclude important Prosecution evidence due to concerns about the manner in which police conducted searches, with the result that cases collapsed.
Production Of Controlled Substances With Intent To Supply
A separate charge of Production With Intent To Supply will apply if the prosecution can show that you have produced a controlled substance with the intention of supplying it to another. This will usually arise in circumstances where there is a large-scale commercial production.
The same issues of complexity would arise as in other large-scale drug cases. We’re experienced in dealing with these issues so if you need help, we are the right place to come.
These are very serious offences and it is important therefore that you are properly advised by a solicitor and/or a barrister at each and every stage of the investigation. We at Conspiracy Solicitors have a wealth of knowledge in all types of drugs offences.