Have you been accused of drug possession? It is crucial that you seek specialist advice from experienced lawyers before taking part in a police interview. Call Lawtons today for advice on 0333 577 0522.
At Lawtons we have an expert team of drug offence solicitors available to assist you in this complex area of the law. We can work closely with you to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
What are the laws around drug possession?
The law regarding drug offences is constantly evolving because of new drug classifications and what are often referred to as legal highs.
In the UK, it is an offence to possess most banned substances. Every case is different, but any sentence for drug possession will consider the type of substance, the quantity and the reason you provide for possessing it.
How are illegal drugs classified?
There are three main classes in which illegal drugs are categorised:
- Class A drugs – including ecstasy, heroin and cocaine
- Class B drugs – including amphetamines and cannabis
- Class C drugs – including anabolic steroids and tranquillisers
Are there any mitigating factors in drug possession cases?
The prosecution may rely on complex evidence or information. If you are found guilty of drug possession (or being concerned in the supply of drugs) certain factors may help to reduce your sentence:
- 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 details of your case with a drug offence solicitor as early as possible could make the difference between no conviction and a considerable prison sentence.
What are the penalties for drug possession?
Your perceived level of involvement generally depends on whether you are using drugs personally or may be supplying or dealing drugs.
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. In the UK, the sentences for possession and the supplying of drugs are intended to act as a deterrent and can involve considerable prison sentences – particularly if there is a suggestion of supply of drugs on a commercial basis, 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 can. Our drug offence solicitors are available 24 hours per day, 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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What if I didn’t know I was carrying drugs?
The police and prosecution, whether in magistrates’ court or Crown Court, will look at all evidence to determine whether a defendant can reasonably claim to have had no knowledge.
How do the police know whether someone is possessing or supplying drugs?
The police are required to try to find evidence of 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 undercover surveillance, tip-offs, examination of mobile phones or a simple stop and search procedure, where the police may think someone is acting suspiciously.