Drug Offence Solicitors
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. Due to the complexities of drugs laws, if you or someone you know has been accused of a drugs-related crime, such as possession or intent to supply, it’s important that you seek immediate legal advice.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Draycott Browne offers specialist 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 be able toadvise you on your case from the very start, assisting you from the moment of your arrest and initial police interview, right through to any court proceedings that you may face. We are a skilled and dedicated team, committed to providing you with the best legal representation and customer care. We will liaise with the police on your behalf and will keep you informed throughout the process, ensuring you have a full understanding of the situation and its implications. You will be treated with respect and understanding throughout the proceedings and you can be assured that we will continuously work to the highest standards on your behalf.
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.
If you have been caught with drugs you can be charged with possession, even if they are not yours. The penalty you receive will depend on a number of factors including the amount you are found with.
- Possession with intent to supply
If it looks as though you have drugs in your possession to sell or even give to your friends, you can be charged with possession with intent to supply, which can mean up to life imprisonment.
- Supply of controlled drugs
This can range from small-scale dealing amongst friends to large-scale supply of class A drugs. If you are found guilty of supplying or dealing drugs, penalties are likely to be severe including unlimited fines and /or a prison term.
- Production of controlled drugs
This is defined as ‘manufacturing, cultivating or production by any other method’ and carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
- Cultivation of cannabis
Carrying a maximum prison term of 14 years, this is defined as any action that is deemed to be the cultivation of cannabis such as the watering, feeding or nurturing of a cannabis plant or seeds.
- Importation and exportation of controlled drugs
The penalties for the unauthorised import or export of controlled drugs are punishable by prison sentences and or unlimited fines.
- Offences related to the use of drugs on premises
There is criminal liability for occupiers, managers or landlords who allow their premises, to be used for illegal drug-related activity.
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. These will be determined by a number of factors including the quantity and purity of the drugs involved, whether the supply has been part of wider operation, whether you have any previous convictions and other aggravating or mitigating factors.
CONTACT DRAYCOTT BROWNE
If you are facing drug charges of any kind, you should seek professional legal advice as soon as possible. Our skilled and experienced team of 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.