Success Stories

Suspended Sentence for 4 charges of PWITS Class A Drugs

By Phoebe Coleman  |  11.01.2023

Our client was a relatively young man of good character. During the covid-19 pandemic, he unfortunately became involved in the supply of an array of different kinds of drugs.

Our client pleaded guilty to four charges of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply Class B drugs, possession with intent to supply Class C drugs; and possession of criminal property. Due to the number and severity of the charges, he was at a serious risk of receiving a custodial sentence.

We took detailed mitigation from our client and worked with him to obtain character references from his family members, a previous teacher, and written confirmation that he was in his final year of university. It was important to show the Judge that this young man had very positive prospects of rehabilitation given his background and good character.

Probation also completed a report on our client, making positive recommendations for a non-custodial sentence.

In Court, mitigation was put forward along with our client’s letter of remorse. We argued that the sentencing guidelines for youths should also be considered by the Judge in the circumstances of this case. The Judge accepted this argument, and our client was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment suspended for 2 years with an 18-month community order and prosecution costs. He has therefore been able to continue his life in the community. He and his family were extremely relieved at this outcome.

Phoebe Coleman was the solicitor with conduct of this case and Payton Goodred-Vaucrosson of Crucible Law was instructed Counsel.

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