Misuse of Drugs Act Offences
Have you been charged with a drugs offence? If so, it is essential that you instruct an experienced solicitor, who has extensive knowledge of this complicated area of criminal law. We have successfully defended many clients who have faced a drug-related offence. These charges can range from relatively minor offences to extremely serious charges that can carry a lengthy prison sentence. The sooner we are instructed, the sooner we can protect your interests. Call us now on one of the contact numbers on this website to arrange a free consultation. We will also advise you on whether you qualify for Legal Aid to cover the cost of your defence.
Types of Illegal Drugs
There are many types of drugs which are illegal to possess or supply to another. Illegal drugs are classified under The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which sets out three separate categories:
Class A drugs, including heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, are deemed the most dangerous, and attract the harshest penalties.
Class B drugs, including cannabis and amphetamines (speed)
Class C drugs, including tranquilisers and anabolic steroids, are deemed to be the least dangerous and will be dealt with more leniently by the courts.
There are many more drugs that fall within one of these 3 categories, and more are being added when their misuse and dangers become apparent to the Government.
See also: Drugs : Legal Highs
Types of Offences
The possession of any controlled substances is an offence. These charges involve the situation where a person knew or should have known that the substance in his possession was an illegal drug. Being found in possession of a drug is less seriously treated than intent to supply the drug to others.
Possession with intent to supply
Where a person is charged with possession with the intent to supply, the penalties are much more serious. There is no need to received financial reward to be guilty of this charge and simply passing a joint to a friend is regarded as supplying to another. This type of supply is often referred to as social supply. Where the supply of drugs to another involves financial gain, this is often referred to as a commercial supply. Obviously, the type and quantity of drugs involved will affect the seriousness of the charge or charges.
Concerned in the supply of a controlled drug
It is possible to be ‘concerned in’ the supply of a controlled drug, even if no drugs are found on your person or in any property occupied by you. This section covers activity which facilitates the supply of a controlled drug such as storing equipment, money or drugs, providing a telephone number of a supplier or customer, or acting as a ‘courier’ for a package of drugs
The cultivation of cannabis
Production or cultivation of cannabis can also result in serious charges. Much will depend on the scale of the production and the sophistication of the methods use to grow cannabis. The scale of production will determine whether the Crown will also charge you with possession with intent to supply.
Allowing your premises to be used for the production or supplying of illegal drugs
It is a crime to allow premises you occupy or manage to be used for the purpose of producing or supplying controlled drugs. If you rent a property, then it is a defence if you had no knowledge of what your tenant was up to.
Drug trafficking charges
The illegal importation or smuggling of drugs from one country to another is extremely serious and usually involves large quantities of drugs. A conviction for drug trafficking will usually result in a long prison sentence. Smaller quantities are often smuggled by individuals through airports and ferry terminals.
Powers of Search
The Misuse of Drugs Act gives the police powers of search to obtain evidence if they reasonably believe a person to be in possession of controlled drugs. It is an offence to obstruct the police when they are exercising their powers of search under the Misuse of Drugs Act. We have successfully defended many cases where the police have carried out drug searches without the necessary suspicion.
Section 28 of the Misuse of Drugs Act offers an accused person a defence, to possession of controlled drugs or being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs, if he did not know what he had in his possession was a controlled drug.
Sentences for Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
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So if you are charged with any drug-related offence contact us without delay. We have experienced solicitors who can provide the necessary advice and representation that can make the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.
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