When facing serious drug trafficking charges for narcotics such as marijuana, cocaine or illegal prescription drugs, you need a criminal defence lawyer who is current on the issues, meticulous at preparing your case and experienced in the trial system. The lawyer you hire may make a difference in the outcome of your case, and can have an impact on your life for years, and even decades, to come.
Drug trafficking is a global illicit trade involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances which are subject to drug prohibition laws. A person is deemed to have trafficked a drug if they sell, administer, give, transfer, transport, send or deliver the substance to another. This means that even an act of passing a marijuana joint to another person or buying drugs for a friend and delivering it to them can both be considered trafficking under Canadian law.
Possessing any controlled substance that is classified illegal may end up with someone in jail after being arrested when caught with the drug. However, this becomes complicated when the person is a resident of a province where certain drugs are legal such as marijuana. There are usually specific stipulations that explain having possession of the drug outside of the province could result in an arrest.
Drug possession generally applies where a person has physical custody or control over the drug or has the drugs in a place that gives them the right, power or ability to take them into their custody.
For example, a person would be in possession of drugs if they:
Drug distribution is the sale, transfer, exchange, import, or export of illegal drugs. Drug distribution or drug trafficking and illegal import of drugs is a very serious crime. The penalties for drug trafficking can depend on several factors such as the amount of drugs being distributed, the area the drug was distributed, and other factors such as whether children or dangerous weapons were involved during the distribution Drug trafficking/distribution is a felony and is a more serious crime than drug possession. If you’re found in possession of drugs, you could be charged with trafficking if police believe you intended to sell them. If you’re found with a large quantity of drugs or cash at the time of your arrest, it is likely you’ll be facing drug distribution charges.
Drug trafficking charges are very serious, and anyone convicted of these crimes can find themselves facing years or decades in prison. Though the severity of the penalties associated with drug trafficking convictions varies widely by province, all provinces impose significant penalties for drug trafficking.
Of course, the punishments for drug trafficking can largely depend on your jurisdiction, and whether you are facing provincial penalties or federal penalties (or perhaps both).
The control of psychotropic substances, including new psychotropic substances (NPS) and those with medical purposes, can be essential to prevent abuse, misuse and dependence. However, as many controlled substances have continued medical use, access for patients in need is necessary.
A drug or other substance that is tightly controlled by the government because it may be abused or cause addiction. The control applies to the way the substance is made, used, handled, stored, and distributed. Controlled substances include opioids, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, and anabolic steroids. Controlled substances with known medical use, such as morphine, Valium, and Ritalin, are available only by prescription from a licensed medical professional.
The Act lists the drugs that fall under each Schedule:
Our drug lawyer has significant experience dealing with drug offences. We have a variety of ways to defend against drug allegations that include challenging illegal searches and seizure, and questioning evidence of knowledge and control of the drugs. If you are looking for a skilled and prepared drug lawyer, we are able to assist you.
The sentence a court gives in any drug trafficking case will differ substantially depending on numerous factors, and only an experienced lawyer can tell you what might happen to you if you’re convicted. If you’re facing federal drug trafficking charges you need to speak to a criminal defense attorney immediately.
The very first step of bringing client onboard is to have a no obligation consultation.
Then comes the evaluation of the situation. And building the case background.
After building the whole case, now is the time to fight it in the court.
As we fight the case, we keep on collecting more information to support the case.