Drug Offences Defence Solicitors - Manchester

Drug offences are taken extremely seriously in the Courts, with varying but tough sentences given to those who break the law according to the Drugs Misuse Act 1971. If you or someone you know has been accused of drug-related crimes, it’s important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Draycott Browne offers legal services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, meaning you will always have an experienced legal advisor available to you. We will advise you on your case from the very start, assisting you from the police station to your court hearing.

If you or your loved one need expert legal representation during this stressful time, call Draycott Browne today on +44 (0)161 228 2244.

Common drug offences and their penalties

A number of illegal activities are deemed unlawful according to the Drugs Misuse Act 1971. The most common drug offences include.

  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to supply
  • Supply of controlled drugs
  • Production of controlled drugs
  • Cultivation of cannabis
  • Importation and exportation of controlled drugs
  • Offences related to the use of drugs on premises

Classes of controlled drugs

A drug is considered ‘controlled’ if it has been categorised as a class A, B or C drug, class A being the most serious and resulting in the heaviest penalties. Common drugs in each class are as follows.

  • Class A: cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine
  • Class B: cannabis, coedine, ketamine, mephedrone
  • Class C: steroids, diazepam, khat

What penalty will I receive?

The consequences for drug offences vary greatly, depending on the quantity and class of the drugs and the circumstances surrounding you and your offence.

Depending on the seriousness of the offence, your case could go to the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court. Penalties can range from a warning or small fine to life imprisonment and unlimited fines.


If you are facing drug charges of any kind, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. Our solicitors will advise you through every step of your case, ensuring you make the best possible decisions during this complex process.

Our team of experienced solicitors offer services within Manchester and throughout North West England. If you want the best possible representation from trusted solicitors, call Draycott Browne today on +44 (0)161 228 2244.

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