Drug offences are taken seriously by the police and by the courts. While possession charges may typically lead to a caution, repeat offences can carry more serious penalties. The supply or dealing of drugs, regardless of the quantity or class, will very often lead to prison sentences, while trafficking and the manufacture or growing of drugs can lead to very lengthy terms of imprisonment. If you are accused of being involved in a drugs conspiracy, your case may be very serious indeed. Whatever stage has been reached, whether your case is still being investigated by the police, or whether it has reached court, you need to make sure you have excellent legal representation. Call the clerks at 23 Essex Street, to discuss your case. You may need a QC or a senior barrister, and you may need a firm of solicitors as well. 23 Essex Street barristers can make sure you receive the very best legal representation.
Conspiracy, trafficking, importation and production
You need the very best legal team on your side if you are facing charges of being involved in a serious drug operation. Not only are lengthy terms of imprisonment the likely punishment, but there may be complex confiscation proceedings as well. The prosecution may seek to confiscate your own assets, but also those belonging to your family members. Sometimes cases can be won or lost at the police station, so make sure you phone 23 Essex Street immediately if you have been arrested, or are expecting to be arrested. We can help ensure that the right lawyer advises you in the police station, and the right team of lawyers works on your case from the start. If your case has already reached court it may not be too late to get the best lawyers working on your case. Call us to see if we can help.
If you have been found with a small quantity of drugs for person use, the police may issue a caution. However, that will depend on the quantity and class of drugs found, as well as whether or not it is a first or subsequent offence, and if your case does go to court you may want to ensure you have excellent legal representation, to try to minimise the damage a conviction may cause to your future prospects.
Even buying drugs for friends may be considered supplying or dealing drugs, and these offences are considered much more serious than possession charges. Many people that buy drugs for friends do not necessarily consider themselves to be guilty of drug supply, but depending on the amount in your possession, it is possible that you could be charged with this more serious crime. Take advice from a good barrister at an early stage, because you may be at risk of a prison sentence.
Growing cannabis is another form of drug crime, and it is illegal whether you are growing a single plant for personal use or have set up a cannabis farm in your loft. However, the severity of the crime is determined by whether you intend to supply or whether the drugs will be used solely for personal use.
23 Essex Street Barristers can help ensure that you are charged with the appropriate level of crime and that you have a solid legal defence. Call us today regardless of which stage your case is at.