Drug Lawyers

Updated on Tuesday 16th June 2020

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Citizens who have been caught driving under drug influence or arrested for drug possession should seek immediate legal assistance and advice from our team of drug lawyers. Our drug solicitors in London are at the disposal of individuals kept in police custody who need legal support and want to be released on bail. Our team can represent you in the court of law if you have been accused of serious crimes in UK.

Local or foreign individuals who are charged with various types of drug offences can request the legal assistance of our drug lawyers; the solicitors can assist with legal representation in drugs offences which are prescribed by the Drug Misuse Act 1971. If you are kept in police custody and accused of drug possession, it is good to know that our criminal lawyers can help you apply for bail and be released until the first hearing in the court of law in the UK.

What are the offences covered by the Drug Misuse Act?

Among the offences prescribed by the Drug Act, the following are important: drug possession, supplying drugs, drug import-export activities, production of drugs and cultivation of drugs. Our team of drug lawyers in London can provide legal advice for individuals who have been charged with drug offences, stipulated by the Drug Act. 

The British legislation stipulates that it is illegal to possess any types of drugs unless the person can provide the proof of an authorization in this sense. This rule is applicable in the case of controlled drugs, which can be used only under the provisions of the Drug Misuse Act.  According to the local legislation, drugs are categorized in 3 classes; class A refers to the possession, use or trafficking of strong drugs (considered as the most dangerous), class B is represented by drugs with a moderate risk, while class C refers to mild drugs, such as tranquilizers.

Possession of drugs

Persons who are involved in a drug offence related to the possession of illegal substances should know that, according to the local law, possession refers to the following situations in which an individual can be charged for: 
  • owning drugs for which the person is aware of (the individual can be sent to prison);
  • owning drugs in complicity with other persons (such persons can face imprisonment in UK);
  • a person who used to own drugs, but disposed of them in a certain manner (past possession);
  • individuals who own drugs for selling purposes or for own consumption.

Our team of drug lawyers can offer legal assistance drug offence, regardless of the class they are included in. A person can be charged with the possession of illegal drugs if the substances have been found in his or her physical possession (in a pocket, luggage, purse). It is important to know that the supply of drugs is punishable under the local legislation regardless if the person who provided them received money for this action or not. 

What are controlled drugs in UK?

There are cases in which individuals are retained due to a check-up routine where controlled drugs are found. These types of drugs are accompanied by a document in this sense which proves that the individual can possess such kind of drugs. There are also certain categories which contain drugs prescribed by the doctors and for which a legal document is necessary. Please address your inquiries in this sense to our team of advisors.

What are the penalties for drug driving in UK? 

Persons who drive under the influence of drugs can be imprisoned for 6 years, can receive an unlimited fine and can have the driving license retained. Also, a criminal record will be opened in the name of the individual found guilty of drug driving offences in UK. If you have been caught and retained by the police under the influence of drugs while driving, it is strongly recommended to get in touch with our team or drug lawyers.

What is a drug testing in UK?

The police in UK can arrest individuals suspected of drug consumption for which a drug testing is mandatory. The authorities are in charge of showing individuals how this testing is done, whether at the time the arrest took place or at the police station in UK.

What are the penalties for illegal drugs in the UK?

Individuals charged with drug possession can risk severe penalties like imprisonment for at least two years or for life. According to the type of drugs you held or produced, the authorities will enforce a certain penalty, including custody. For instance, if you have been accused of owning cocaine, methadone, magic mushrooms or ecstasy you can be punished with maximum 7 years imprisonment. The data changes if you are a producer or a supplier of such illegal drugs because you can receive life imprisonment.

For possession of cannabis, mephedrone or amphetamines the penalty is maximum 5 years in prison and up to 14 years if you are a supplier or you manufacture such substances. An individual who uses psychoactive drugs that cause hallucinations can receive a fine, but if one produces such substances he/she can be kept in custody for a maximum of 7 years. We remind that our drug lawyers have a wide experience in cases of drug possession and can properly represent you in the court of law. The penalties will depend on the class and also the amount of drugs possessed, besides the criminal background, if there are any other criminal offences.

Who can be charged with drug possession in the UK?

People over 18 years old caught with illegal substances for personal use or for sale in the UK are subject to severe penalties. Even teenagers under 18 can be kept in custody or special centers if they have been arrested for drug possession. In this case, minors must make no statements, unless a parent or a tutor is present, besides our drug lawyers.

Defence for driving under drug influence in UK

Driving under drug influence in UK is strictly forbidden, and persons accused of such serious crimes should know that imprisonment is issued if found guilty. Drugs like diazepam, amphetamine, oxazepam, morphine, clonazepam, lorazepam, temazepam, and methadone cannot be consumed before driving in the UK, as it is strictly illegal. The same thing is available for drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, cannabis, heroin, and ketamine, as stipulated by the Misuse Drug Act, with the mention that there are specific limits in the case of prescribed drugs by the doctor. These are stipulated by the Drug Driving Act for England and Wales.

How is the defence for driving under drug influence?

It is good to know that there are special cases of defence for individuals accused of driving under the influence of drugs, depending on the circumstances and evidence involved. For example, a person can consume specific drugs and then drive a car if there is a prescription approved by a doctor in this matter. These are controlled drugs for certain diseases, and persons accused of driving under the influence of drugs should ask for immediate legal advice and provide the needed evidence for the case. Here are a few things you should know about the cases in which medical drugs are prescribed:
  • a prescription showing details about the medicine and about the doctor should be provided in the case the police stopped you in the traffic;
  • the legal possession of drugs needs to be stipulated by a document in this sense and presented to the police officer if it is the case;
  • you should ask for immediate legal advice if you cannot prove that you have a drug prescription and you are allowed to drive;
  • the defence for driving under the influence of drugs is similar to the one for drinking and driving, so please feel free to solicit assistance in this sense. 

How can a drug solicitor help you?

Persons arrested for drug possession and personal consumption should immediately ask for our team of drug lawyers and find out the ways in which we can provide legal assistance. The possession of drugs is considered a serious crime for which a person can be sent to jail for at least 5 years, depending on the case. Our team of advisors can handle the cases involving the individuals accused of drug possession and consumption and can verify each case, the evidence and the circumstances involved. It is important to support the offender and provide the needed defence in case bail can be obtained. Also, a drug lawyer in London will seriously treat every case and verify the accusations before the proceedings take place in the court of law.

Short facts about the psychoactive drugs in UK

According to the Psychoactive Substances Act which was adopted in 2016, the authorities have the right to make verifications and checkups on persons, shipments, vehicles and related matters and act in accordance if psychoactive drugs are found. It is good to bear in mind that psychoactive substances are strictly forbidden for possession and consumption in UK, and individuals accused in such cases can be arrested at the time the drugs are found. Also, even persons who possess psychoactive drugs for personal consumption can be sent to imprisonment for about 7 years. The use of drugs in UK is definitely a concern of authorities who continue to fight against the phenomenon through varied methods, among which, various border checkups and specific programmes. Also, the UK authorities are aware of the cases in which minors turn into drug consumers or even drug dealers, and they continue to collaborate with different organizations within UK directed to such situations. There is a high focus on the ways in which minors can rehabilitate back into society and stay away from drugs.

Short facts about the types of drugs forbidden in UK

It is important to know that life imprisonment, penalties and fines are imposed for criminals found guilty of drug possession and supply within the territory of UK. Cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin are part of Class A drugs, while amphetamines, codeine, and cannabis are Class B drugs. A person found guilty of possession and supply of Class C drugs like steroids and tranquilizers for which they do not have a prescription and license to use can be sent to prison or can face serious penalties. Our drug lawyers have a wide experience in cases like illegal drug import and export, trafficking and supply involving persons or companies with a severe criminal record.

Do I need defence in case of drug trafficking and supply?

Yes, you should immediately ask for complete legal advice if you have been accused of drug trafficking and supply in UK from our drug lawyers in London who can handle your case from the beginning. It is important to know that a case is built on solid evidence, and if your situation shows no proof in this sense, our team of advisors can provide the needed legal representation and can help you apply for bail if you have been detained by the police in UK. 

Defence for persons accused of drug possession and trafficking

An accurate and detailed approach is needed to create a vigorous defence plan in front of the prosecution, reminding that drug possession and trafficking are serious concerns in UK for which harsh penalties are imposed. Our team of drug trafficking and supply solicitors in London will work in a proactive manner for your case and will act in your best interest in the entire case. There are many cases of drug trafficking and supply that are connected to money laundering in UK, a matter that gets even more serious. Let us remind you that our team of drug lawyers in London can handle both cases and can structure the defence in the best interest of the client until the charges are dropped and if the evidence presented does not sustain the case.
Being involved in a complex and high-profile case involving both companies and persons, our drug solicitors can respond in a fast manner in cases like conspiracy to import and supply of drugs, production, and cultivation of drugs and of course, possession of drugs within the territory of UK. There is a serious need for strong and immediate defence and representation in front of the authorities.

Analyzing each case

Every case needs to be examined in detail and from every possible angle, in order to create the needed defence in a case of drug possession and supply in UK. Every piece of evidence needs to be attentively measured in order to build the case and provide not only excellent advice and defence but also a good outcome in your case. We also remind that you are advised to remain silent if you are in police custody and wait for the support provided by our drug lawyers.

Do I need a drug solicitor for my case?

Yes, if you have been accused of possession and/or consumption of drugs, do not hesitate to talk to our team of drug lawyers and discover the legal proceedings in your case. Please feel free to get in touch with our team of drug solicitors in London and ask for immediate legal advice for your case.