The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 contains the law on drugs within the UK, but these cases are usually very complicated. The seriousness of the offence generally depends on 2 main factors:
- The type of drug found
- The extent of the person’s involvement with that drug
If you or a family member have been arrested on a drug-related charge, you should contact our specialist drug offence solicitors in London or Belfast today for expert advice.
About Drug Offences
The authorities and the courts take drug offences very seriously. As previously mentioned, the seriousness of each charge varies greatly due to the substance found and the type of involvement the person has had with that substance. The punishment may be a fine or worse, imprisonment.
According to DrugWise, “Around 1 in 12 (8.4%) of adults aged 16 to 59 had taken a drug in the last year. This is around 2.7 million people.”
Therefore, it is clear that not all people involved in drug-related cases can be classified as your normal ‘criminal’. The misuse of substances affects a lot of people from all different backgrounds and we deal with each case in a way that is sensitive to everyone’s personal situation.
Types of Illegal Drugs
Illegal drugs can be split up into 2 classifications, A, B and C, with Class A being viewed as the most serious.
- Class A: Ecstacy, Cocaine, Heroin, LSD, Methamphetamine
- Class B: Cannabis, Amphetamines
- Class C: Anabolic Steroids, Ketamine, Tramadol
The Persons Involvement with the Drug
Another factor that has a huge impact on how a drug offence will be dealt with, is the involvement of the defendant with that substance. Below are many examples of levels of involvement with drugs:
- Possession of drugs
- Possession of drugs with an intent to supply
- Dealing drugs
- Drug trafficking
- Drug importation
- Drug exportation
- Drug production
- Driving under the influence of drugs (dui)
Experienced Drug Offence Solicitors
Due to the complex nature of these cases, it is extremely important that you are advised by experts from the beginning.
The drug-related offence is treated extremely seriously by the courts and they bring with them the risk of a lengthy prison sentence.
When we will support you:
- At the time of the initial arrest
- During the investigation
- When you are released on bail
- If you are charged
We will provide you with all the information that you need to know and will help to protect your reputation and best interests.
The criminal defence team at Oracle Solicitors have 50+ years of experience between them, with the specialist drug offence solicitors boasting an extremely high success rate when dealing with clients that have been arrested on drug-related charges.