Information about drug cases
We recommend you get in touch with us as soon as possible if you are being investigated for possession or supply of drugs.
The nature of drug cases varies widely, from individuals in possession of small amounts of drugs for their personal use, to street dealers funding their own habits, to cannabis farmers and large scale commercial factories and conspiracies to supply. It would take many pages to detail the appropriate advice in all these different types of case.
In less serious cases it may be possible to negotiate with prosecuting authorities so that you are diverted from the criminal justice system at an early stage. In graver and more complex matters an expert forensic mind need to address the evidential issues to determine whether the prosecution can prove the case against you.
Certain defences may be available, or it may be the prosecution cannot prove your guilt. It may be you were unaware of the existence of the drugs, it may be that as a matter of law you were not in possession of them, or you may be able to avail yourself of the statutory defence under s5(4) Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 of possessing the drug to prevent another from committing an offence or to pass to police.
Sentencing is governed by the Definitive Guideline and there is a minimum sentence of seven years’ imprisonment for a third class A trafficking offence unless the court is satisfied such a term would be unjust.
In the more complex cases the police deploy considerable resources which can employ overt and covert surveillance, telephone analysis, and other evidence such as ANPR recognition, CCTV and witness evidence. Challenging such techniques requires expertise, often from both scientific experts and legal experts.
Call us now on 020 7481 9157 to discuss how we can help you