Arrested in Toronto for a Drug Related Offence
If you have been arrested and/or charged for using or selling drugs, you require a lawyer who has the experience and requisite skills to fight for your rights in our justice system. The consequences of a drug charge are severe and often result in lengthy incarcerations and tough criminal sanctions.
Under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, a person can be charged if they are found using or selling drugs like marijuana, cocaine etc. and other drugs. Depending on the nature of the rug, the consequences may vary as the law divides drugs into different categories and penalties for the crimes depend on whether the illegal substance is listed on Schedule I, II, III or IV.
from absolute discharges to very lengthy penitentiary sentences. It is unwise to do anything in criminal court without first seeking and obtaining legal advice from an experienced lawyer. It is even more unwise to plead guilty without proper legal advice
Drug Trafficking – this is when you are found delivering drugs to another person.
Drug Possession – A charge laid when you are found with an illegal substance.
Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – When you are discovered with an illegal substance that you intend to provide to someone else, you can be charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. This can often be determined by the amount of the substance found to be in an individual’s possession. It is also important to note that the accused must have sold or attempted to sell the substance.
Drug Cultivation – refers to situations like a grow-op or any building that has been used to cultivate the drugs, most often this is marijuana.
Is Possession a Criminal Offence?
Drug charges typically come down to two central issues: legal “possession” and/or the manner in which the police obtained the drugs. There are many other defences that also apply such as proof of the nature of the substance, whether or not the drug was possessed with a purpose to traffic, or whether or not a particular activity took place. Needless to say, the law is complicated and having a lawyer who knows how the Crown prosecutes such offences and the defences that apply are invaluable.
Jeffrey I. Reisman is a Toronto drug crimes lawyer who will research all possible avenues for fighting your case. He has extensive experience in the municipal and provincial Courts within the GTA and Superior Courts Ontario. Jeffrey I. Reisman's comprehensive understanding of drug law policy and an active member of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
Drug charges are very serious and can include “street” drugs as well as prescription pharmaceuticals. A drug charge or conviction can greatly impede your life and will follow you in the pursuit of future employment, social engagement and family interaction. A drug charge should be taken seriously and you should make every effort to seek legal representation so you do not face these charges alone. An attorney will prevent costly errors and help you during a time where you may not know your rights. Drug charges are not always straight forward and given the stigma drug usage carries in society today it is important to fight for the best possible outcome.
Consulting a lawyer will help you begin handling your charges and may prevent you from being branded as a “drug dealer” or “user”.