Have you been arrested for a drug smuggling offence? The consequences of a conviction can be severe and life-changing. It is urgent that you seek expert help at the earliest opportunity.
Wide-ranging legal knowledge and a robust, proactive representation can help to ensure the best possible outcome in your case. The team at Lawtons Solicitors are ready and able to help, so call us on 0333 577 0522.
Drug smuggling is one of the most complicated areas of drug crime law, especially as it crosses country borders and can be influenced by different legal jurisdiction. With an understanding of the proceedings on a global scale, we will work with you to ensure you are being represented fully and fairly.
What is drug smuggling?
Drug smuggling is a very specific aspect of the law, which must demonstrate not only the illegal import or export of drugs, but also that it was carried out secretly and without paying any form of taxes across country or state borders. In terms of the law, drug importation or smuggling actually refers to the fraudulent evasion of the prohibitions on the importation of controlled drugs.
It is possible to be concerned in the importation of drugs even if you don’t physically carry or bring the controlled drug into the country. If you arrange for or knowingly receive a package that has been sent to you which contains controlled drugs, you could be prosecuted for being concerned in the importation of those drugs.
How is drug smuggling treated under UK law?
Due to the seriousness of the crime, drug smuggling investigations are also likely to include investigating bodies such as the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
There have been a number of high-profile stories around drug smuggling in the UK media in recent years – which have placed emphasis upon the seriousness of punishments abroad. However, in the UK, sentencing is passed by the Crown Court and every case will depend on the classification of drugs smuggled, their street value, global influences and the intention or purpose of the smuggling.
What should you do if you are accused of drug smuggling?
If you find yourself under investigation for a drug smuggling offence, it is imperative that you seek expert help as soon as possible, to explain proceedings with specific regard to your individual case.
At Lawtons, the earlier we hear from you, the more we can do to help to ensure that the best outcome is achieved and so your rights are protected.
As experts who specialise in this complex area and to get the best advice, and for more information on laws and sentences relating to drug smuggling, please call us on 0333 577 0522 or email email@example.com.
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What drugs does the drug smuggling law cover?
The smuggling of anything categorised as a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 constitutes a drug smuggling offence.
What if I didn’t know I was carrying drugs?
All evidence, whether in magistrates’ court or Crown Court, will be used to determine whether a defendant can reasonably claim to have had no knowledge.
If it is accepted that the person carrying the drug was not aware that they were in possession, it could be a defence. However, if the person thought they were carrying cannabis, a class B drug, and it turned out it was cocaine, they would still be guilty of the offence of drug importation.
What is the maximum sentence for drug smuggling?
Under the Drug Trafficking Act 1994, the maximum penalty for drug smuggling or drug importation offences is life imprisonment, generally applying to Class A drugs. For Class B or C drugs, a penalty of up to 14 years in prison can be imposed.