Drug Offences and Possession Solicitors
It is estimated that one in three people in the UK have used illegal drugs at some point in their lives and up to 2 million people take drugs recreationally. It is entirely possible that you are an otherwise law-abiding citizen and your life and career could be drastically affected by allegations of drug offences.
Our defence lawyers know you will be just as worried about the implications on your personal and professional life as you are about the charges. We can help you understand what to expect during any investigations and provide realistic and practical advice.
What can we help you with?
Drug Possession Charges
Many people who would not otherwise engage in criminal activity use illegal drugs recreationally. We understand the effect drug possession allegations can have on your home and work life.
It is an offence to possess banned substances. The three main types are:
- Class A substances – ecstasy, heroin, cocaine
- Class B substances – amphetamines (speed), cannabis
- Class C substances – anabolic steroids, tranquillisers
The police will generally investigate your knowledge and involvement with regard to the drugs in order to determine whether they were for personal use of if you intended to supply the drugs to others, whether by way of social supply or commercial gain.
Sentences are influenced by the type of drug and the nature of your involvement. If it were determined that you intended to supply the drugs, this is a far more serious offence and will be almost certainly be dealt with in the Crown Court should you be charged.
Our defence lawyers have considerable experience dealing with defending and advising upon drug possession offences. It is vital you contact us as soon as possible so we can advise you on your best course of action. Prompt action involving robust representations to the police can in some circumstances avoid a prosecution altogether, such as by way of the acceptance of a formal caution.
Drug Dealing & Supply Charges
It is an offence to intentionally deal or supply an illegal substance to another person. You can technically be liable even if you pass a cannabis joint between friends.
Such cases are usually heard by the Crown Court, and can range from allegations of actual supply, an offer to supply, involvement or being concerned in supply and possession of drugs with intent to supply.
Our defence lawyers have a wealth of experience in defending allegations relating to drugs, and can give you the best possible legal advice for your circumstances and provide robust representation throughout any investigation and court proceedings.
Several factors influence any sentence imposed in the event of a conviction, including the purity and quantity of the drugs, and whether you were dealing as part of a larger operation, and your role within it. Our lawyers can give expert advice and representation to mitigate any sentence imposed.
Drug Smuggling & Trafficking Charges
Drug smuggling and trafficking is an extremely complex area of law due to the involvement of different legal jurisdictions and different agencies, such as the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
These offences relate to moving controlled substances unlawfully across country borders without paying tax or customs duties, if applicable, as well as the manufacturing, distribution and sale of illegal drugs.
Such matters are almost always dealt with by the Crown Court and sentences determined by the classification of the drugs, street value, global influences and the intention or purpose of smuggling. Sentences for such offences are usually severe, with matters relating to Class A substances carrying a maximum of life imprisonment.
Any link to such serious drug offences can result in your assets being frozen or confiscated as well as allegations of money laundering.
Our specialist defence lawyers have extensive experience in dealing with cases of this nature. We can provide you with robust representation to defend any such proceedings or investigation and help to reduce the severity of any sentence or financial sanctions imposed in the event of a conviction.