I have a great deal of experience in representing those charged with serious drug offences. From simple possession of Marijuana to Trafficking in Heroin and Cocaine, a drug conviction WILL have serious impact on you for the rest of your life. Given the current political climate in the U.S. and elsewhere, even a simple possession charge could be enough to prevent you from entering other nations for work or leisure.

Often simple possession charges can be resolved prior to the time and expense of a trial by way of the drug diversion program, drug therapeutic court, or, via negotiation with the Federal Crown Prosecutor’s Office.

Many trafficking charges now carry with them very significant minimum jail sentences. Be careful. Many times, trafficking charges are the result of a search of a person, or their vehicle, or home. Such searches are subject to scrutiny by the court to ensure they were authorized by law and conducted in a proper manner. If searches are not conducted properly, the evidence obtained from that search may be excluded as evidence against you. If so, it is likely that you would be found not guilty. It is very important that you have counsel who can properly evaluate your case to determine if there are viable defences available to you.

Our team has the knowledge and extensive trial experience to explain the details of your case and outline your options moving forward. What makes us different from most firms is that we are here when you need us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have questions about your assault case and want to know the best way to proceed, then contact us now for a free consultation. It is vital that you receive a full and frank review of your case as soon as possible.

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FAQ

FAQ: Narcotics Offences / Drug Offences

Drug offences, sometimes referred to as narcotics offences are prosecuted differently from offences in the Criminal Code. Drug offences are prosecuted by a federal prosecutor – generally under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). "Simple" Possession of drugs may be prosecuted in one of two ways: by summary conviction or by indictment. Almost invariably, "Simple" Possession of drugs will be prosecuted by summary conviction. If convicted following a trial by summary conviction, you are liable to a fine of up to $2,000 or 18 months' imprisonment or both. For Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking it will depend on the substance, marijuana, cocaine, oxy – drugs (oxycodone, oxycontin, etc). The prosecution will proceed by either summary conviction or by indictment. It is common for the prosecutor to proceed by indictment for this type of more serious drug offence. Our office can help you understand the specifics of your case and the potential penalties you may be facing. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Possession of substance

    1. (1) Except as authorized under the regulations, no person shall possess a substance included in Schedule I, II or III.

Marginal note: Obtaining substance

  • (2) No person shall seek or obtain
    • (a) a substance included in Schedule I, II, III or IV, or
    • (b) an authorization to obtain a substance included in Schedule I, II, III or IV from a practitioner, unless the person discloses to the practitioner particulars relating to the acquisition by the person of every substance in those Schedules, and of every authorization to obtain such substances, from any other practitioner within the preceding thirty days.

Marginal note: Punishment

  • (3) Every person who contravenes subsection (1) where the subject-matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule I
    • (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years; or
    • (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable
    • (i) for a first offence, to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both, and
    • (ii) for a subsequent offence, to a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to both.

Marginal note: Punishment

  • (4) Subject to subsection (5), every person who contravenes subsection (1) where the subject-matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule II
    • (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years less a day; or
    • (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable
    • (i) for a first offence, to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both, and
    • (ii) for a subsequent offence, to a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to both.

Marginal note: Punishment

  • (5) Every person who contravenes subsection (1) where the subject-matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule II in an amount that does not exceed the amount set out for that substance in Schedule VIII is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both.

Marginal note: Punishment

  • (6) Every person who contravenes subsection (1) where the subject-matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule III
    • (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years; or
    • (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable *(i) for a first offence, to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both, and
    • (ii) for a subsequent offence, to a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to both.

Marginal note: Punishment

  • (7) Every person who contravenes subsection (2) *(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable
    • (i) to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years, where the subject-matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule I,
    • (ii) to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years less a day, where the subject-matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule II,
    • (iii) to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, where the subject-matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule III, or
    • (iv) to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months, where the subject-matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule IV; or
    • (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable
    • (i) for a first offence, to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both, and
    • (ii) for a subsequent offence, to a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to both.

Trafficking in substance

    1. (1) No person shall traffic in a substance included in Schedule I, II, III or IV or in any substance represented or held out by that person to be such a substance.

* Marginal note: Possession for purpose of trafficking*

  • (2) No person shall, for the purpose of trafficking, possess a substance included in Schedule I, II, III or IV.

Marginal note: Punishment

  • (3) Every person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2)
    • (a) subject to paragraph (a.1), if the subject matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule I or II, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life, and
    • (i) to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of one year if
      • (A) the person committed the offence for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a criminal organization, as defined in subsection 467.1(1) of the Criminal Code,
      • (B) the person used or threatened to use violence in committing the offence,
      • (C) the person carried, used or threatened to use a weapon in committing the offence, or
      • (D) the person was convicted of a designated substance offence, or had served a term of imprisonment for a designated substance offence, within the previous 10 years, or
    • (ii) to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of two years if
      • (A) the person committed the offence in or near a school, on or near school grounds or in or near any other public place usually frequented by persons under the age of 18 years,
      • (B) the person committed the offence in a prison, as defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code, or on its grounds, or
      • (C) the person used the services of a person under the age of 18 years, or involved such a person, in committing the offence;
  • (a.1) if the subject matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule II in an amount that is not more than the amount set out for that substance in Schedule VII, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years less a day;
    • (b) where the subject-matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule III,
    • (i) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or
    • (ii) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months; and
    • (c) where the subject-matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule IV,
    • (i) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or
    • (ii) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.
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