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Drugs Offences

If you are arrested or charged with any drugs related offence, please contact me as soon as possible.

I am experienced in dealing with drugs related offences and I will provide you with a robust defence.

I offer free 24 hour police station advice and legal aid may be available for your case.

There are a number of different drugs related offences, the most common ones are outlined below.
UK drug classifications

Drugs are categorised in 3 categories, as follows:

Class A Drugs

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Magic Mushrooms
  • Crack Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • LSD
  • Amphetamines (if prepared for Injection)

Class B Drugs

  • Cannabis
  • Amphetamines

Class C Drugs

  • Ketamine
  • Tranquilisers
  • Diazepam (unless prescribed by a Doctor)

What is the Law relating to drugs offences?

Offences relating to drugs are as follows:

  • Unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
  • Supplying (or offering) to supply a controlled drug.
  • Possession of a controlled substance with intent to supply it to others.
  • Allowing premises to be used unlawfully for the production or supply of controlled drugs

Being arrested and tested for Drugs

You may be tested for drugs if you have been arrested for a trigger offence. You may then be arrested and taken to a police station where you may be tested to find out if you've taken any Class A drugs.

You cannot be forced to provide a sample for testing; however, it is an offence to refuse to provide a sample without good cause.

Police have special powers to stop, detain and search people on ‘reasonable suspicion’ that they are in possession of a controlled drug.

Drugs offences penalties

The penalty relates directly to the class of drugs involved.

Class A Drugs Penalities

Penalties for possession: Up to seven years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both

Penalties for supply (dealing): Up to life in prison or an unlimited fine, or both


Class B Drugs Penalities

Possession: Up to five years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both

Supply: Up to 14 years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both


Class C Drugs Penalities

Possession: Up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both

Supply Up to 14 years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both.

The penalties listed above may be given in a Crown Court. In a Magistrates Court the maximum sentence is six months imprisonment and a 5000 fine.

The sentence you are likely to receive will also depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The drug involved;
  • Any previous criminal record;
  • Your personal circumstances

Cultivation of Cannabis

Another offence exists specifically for Cannabis production known as Cultivation of Cannabis. It is an offence for anyone to grow any form of Cannabis plant, unless they have a license for Industrial production. This Offence carries a sentence of up to 14 years imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both.

Producing Drugs

Producing Drugs means being involved in manufacturing drugs, often in large quantities and sometimes for sale. This offence carries the following penalties:

Class A Up to life imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both.

Class B Up to 14 years imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both

Class C Up to 14 years imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both

Allowing Premises to be Used for the Use, Supply or Production of Drugs

If you allow a premises to be used for the use, supply or production of drugs you are guilty of this specific offence.

Importing Drugs

The Customs and Excise Management Act in combination with the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 makes it an offence to import Drugs into the Country. This offence carries the following sentences:

Importing Class A Drugs can be tried in either the Crown Court or the Magistrates Court and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. This would be reserved for the most serious of offences.

Importing Amphetamine can be tried in either the Crown Court or the Magistrates Court and carries a maximum penalty at 14 years imprisonment.

Importing Cannabis can be tried in either the Crown Court or the Magistrates Court and carries a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.

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