Drug Offences Solicitors
Here at Gray and Co, we specialise in all aspects of drug related crime, from smaller offences that may be dealt with in the Magistrates Court, to large scale allegation of commercial supply in the Crown Court.
As drug offence solicitors we have extensive knowledge and experience of supporting those accused with anything drug related. If you have been accused of an offence involving illegal drugs it’s highly recommended that you contact one of our friendly team for legal support and advice, giving you the best chance of acquittal.
The level of sentencing will depend on a number of factors. These include:
- The quantity of drugs
- The legal classification of the drugs
- Whether you intend to use them personally or sell them to others
- Whether you have any previous offences against your name
Caught in Possession
If you were caught in physical possession of a controlled substance you will be charged with possession. This applies whether or not you knew the drug was ‘controlled’. You will be charged with possession if you are found to have any amount of a Class A drug in your possession or ‘more than a minimal quantity of a Class B or C drug”. The level of sentencing for possession depends on the specific circumstances and the classification of the drug. The maximum penalties you could receive if found guilty include the following:
- 7 years imprisonment and/or unlimited fine – Class A drug
- 5 years imprisonment and/or unlimited fine – Class B drug
- 2 years imprisonment and/or unlimited fine – Class C drug
We have in-depth experience of supporting those charged with possession. If you require top class legal advice on a possession charge then don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01244 344299 and use our online contact form. You can also find out more about the possible penalties for possession here.
Supplying or Offering to Supply a Controlled Drug
This offence covers the intention to supply a controlled drug to another person. You don’t need to be caught in physical possession of the drug to be prosecuted for this offence, nor does any payment need to have taken place. Even offering a friend a drug to try is considered as ‘supplying’. This offence also covers offering to supply a controlled drug to someone when intending to give them a ‘fake’ instead.
Supplying or offering to supply a controlled substance can be dealt with in either the Magistrates or Crown Court. This will depend on the severity of the offence . The maximum sentence you can receive for this also depends on the classification of the drug. The penalties you could face are:
- Up to life in prison and/or unlimited fine – Class A drug
- Up to 14 years in prison and/or unlimited fine – Class B or Class C
As one of the leading drug offences solicitors, we can help to reduce your sentence and increase your chance of acquittal by presenting a strong case for defence. You can contact one of our team now by phone 01244 344299. You can also read more about the maximum punishments for supplying controlled substances here where you’ll find the details on different classifications.
Production of Controlled Drugs
This offence covers the cultivation and manufacturing of controlled drugs. You may incur a production charge if you were directly or indirectly involved with the production process. Indirect involvement, for example, would be letting out premises you own to someone and being aware that they are using it for the manufacturing of controlled substances. In order to be prosecuted of a production offence there would have to be evidence of the following:
- That a controlled drug was produced;
- That there was some link between you and the production process;
- That you knew a controlled drug was being produced.
This offence merely covers the production of drugs; a separate charge of intent to supply will apply if you have been accused of production and possession with intent to supply. This charge can be imposed if the stage of production of the controlled substance is advanced enough to conclude the controlled substance is ready for distribution. Each case differs and it will be the circumstances of the case that will determine whether you are charged with production and possession with intent to supply.
The production and supplying of drugs are offences which are taken very seriously, so it’s important you seek professional legal advice and defence from one of our friendly drug offence solicitors if you’ve been accused. You can phone us on 01244 344299 or use our online contact form.