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Why do I need a criminal solicitor?
07 May 2021

You may be charged with possessing an illegal substance if you are found with drugs, whether they belong to you or somebody else. In this case, you will require a criminal solicitor. It is important that you speak to a criminal solicitor in the first instance to ensure you receive specialist advice to minimise the effects of such charges. Our specialists at ABV Solicitors will assist you with the legal processes, and against the law enforcement agencies providing proven strategies to help either establish your innocence or reduce your penalties. Without the professional advice of a criminal solicitor the legal processes involved in drug crime are extremely difficult to successfully navigate by yourself.

What is drug related crime?

Drugs are associated with crime in many different ways. It is a criminal offence to use drugs, be in the possession of drugs, manufacture drugs or distribute drugs that are classified as having a potential for misuse and abuse. These include cocaine, heroin, methadone and methamphetamines. Drug related offences are the violation of laws which prohibit or regulate the possession, use, distribution or manufacture of illegal substances. Examples of drug related offences include the possession or use of illegal substances such as crack cocaine and heroin, cultivation of drugs, such as marijuana, production of drugs such as methamphetamines and sales of illegal substances such as cocaine, heroin and amphetamines.

Drug related offences are those offences which occur as a result of the pharmacological effect of the drug. Drugs have been found to result in violent behaviour which can lead to other serious offences. People can resort to desperate measures to buy drugs, for example theft, robbery and armed robbery. Violence between rival drug dealers is also a common factor in offences. In summary, drug use, manufacture and supply can lead to other illegal activities and encourage further crime, therefore investigation into drug related offences are extensive and intrusive. If you are either arrested or called in for questioning for drug-related offences, it is essential that you contact us at ABV Solicitors immediately. The expert knowledge and specialist advice of a criminal solicitor is pivotal to achieving a fair and successful outcome in drug-related offences, which usually entail heavy sentencing and unlimited fines, to reduce the penalty as much as possible for you in these situations.

Penalties for drug-related offences

Drugs are categorised into class A, B and C, with class A drugs carrying the most heavy sentences. Class A drugs include cocaine, heroin and other similar substances and can result in up to 7 years imprisonment for possession and a life sentence for manufacture or sale. Class B drugs include cannabis, and can result in up to 5 years imprisonment for having them on you and manufacture and dealing can lead to up to 14 years in prison. Class C drugs such as benzodiazepines can result in up to 2 years imprisonment for possession and up to 14 years in prison for dealing. All categories include monetary penalties which can significantly damage your finances. Contact us at ABV Solicitors today and rest assured that we will portray your case in the best possible light and either avoid or reduce the possible sentencing and penalties for you to the best of our ability. Call us today, we are here to help you.

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