At Lawtons we have a specialist team of drug offence solicitors available to assist and advise you of any aspect of this complex area of the law.

Drug possession and the law

The law regarding drug offences is constantly evolving to take account of new drug classifications and the relatively recent introduction of legal highs.

In the UK, it is an offence to possess most banned substances. Whilst every case is different, any sentence for drug possession will consider the type of substance and the reason you provide for possessing the substance.

There are three main classes in which illegal drugs are categorised:

  1. Class A drugs – including ecstasy, heroin and cocaine
  2. Class B drugs – including amphetamines and cannabis
  3. Class C drugs – including anabolic steroids and tranquillisers

The issues surrounding the evidence or information that the prosecution rely upon can be complex. If you are found guilty of drug possession or being concerned in the supply of drugs, there are certain factors that may help to reduce your sentence including:

  • Pleading guilty as soon as possible
  • The age of the offender
  • Any signs of pressure from other drug dealers to supply on their behalf (this is cited as duress)
  • Signs that you are willing to engage with treatment
  • Whether drug possession or supply has any correlation with funding a drug habit

Discussing the specific details of your individual case with a specialist drug offence solicitor as early as possible can make the difference between receiving no conviction and a considerable prison sentence.

What are the penalties for drug possession?

Your level of involvement is generally investigated with regards to whether you are using drugs personally or there is a suggestion that you may be supplying or dealing drugs. The police are required to try find evidence as to a person’s knowledge or involvement with any drugs they may have been found with. This can be done in a variety of ways including the use of undercover surveillance, tip offs, the examination of mobile phones or by a simple stop and search procedure where the police may consider that someone is acting suspiciously.

If the case relates to allegations of supplying drugs (Class A or B),  this type of offence will normally be dealt with in the crown court with significant prison sentences not uncommon.  

What to do if you are accused of drug possession

Drug offences are taken extremely seriously under UK law. The sentences for drug possession and drug supply in the UK are intended to act as a deterrent and can involve considerable prison sentences if there is a suggestion of supply of drugs, even for involvement at a minor level.

If you are accused of drug possession or supplying drugs you should  seek specialist legal advice as soon as you are able to do so. Our drug offence solicitors are available 24 hours per day and 365 days per year with the necessary expertise to represent you in any case relating to drugs.

For more information or to discuss an individual case with our team of specialist drug offence solicitors, please get in touch or call us on 0333 577 0522.

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