Drug offences are serious crimes. These charges carry some of the strictest penalties, including mandatory minimum jail sentences in some cases. Drug offences are governed by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, not the Criminal Code.
If you have been charged with a criminal drug offence, you need an experienced Ottawa drug offence lawyer. The lawyers of Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP have years of experience defending clients charged with drug offences, and we have helped countless clients charged with drug offences obtain excellent results.
SOME OF THE MORE COMMON DRUG OFFENCES INCLUDE:
Charges can be laid against you for having in your possession any of the substances listed in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Schedules I, II, or III.
This drug offence relates to the manufacture or growing of controlled substances, either for your own personal use or with the intent to traffic the drugs. In addition, the cultivation (growing) of controlled substances includes allowing plants to grow in an environment created by the defendant and covers the entire lifespan of the plants, from seeds to maturity.
Trafficking in drugs is the distribution of controlled substances listed in Schedules I to III of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Trafficking can occur even if there is no money exchanged—a person does not have to receive anything in return for suppling others with illegal drugs. A person may be charged with trafficking or a related offence if they, for example:
- Give drugs to another person for safe keeping.
- Give drugs to another person, who intends to use the drugs.
- Assist with or negotiate the sale of drugs.
- Offer to sell drugs.
- Purchase drugs from one person with the intention of reselling them to others.
- Offer to deliver drugs.
- Offer to sell drugs to others they know are not real drugs.
Every case is different. There are a number of defences that can be raised if you have been charged with a drug offence. Our law firm is experienced defending those charged with drug offences.