Illegal drugs, or controlled substances, are broadly divided into three categories:
• Class A, the most serious category, which includes ecstasy, cocaine and heroin
• Class B, which includes cannabis and amphetamines, such as speed
• Class C, which includes anabolic steroids and ketamine
There are a wide range of offences under The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 including:
– Possession of a controlled substance unlawfully
– Possession of a controlled substance with intent to supply it
– Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug
– Production of a controlled drug
– Importation of a controlled drug
– Allowing premises you occupy or manage to be used unlawfully for the purpose of producing or supplying controlled drugs
Drug offences and sentencing
Drug offences are treated by the courts with a high degree of seriousness and can attract substantial prison sentences. The level of seriousness and corresponding sentence will be determined by several factors including the class and quantity of the drugs and the extent of the defendant’s involvement. Therefore sentences can range from a conditional discharge for a minor possession offence to a lengthy prison sentence for possession with intent to supply. Offences involving the importation, exportation, or production of any type of illegal substance is serious, and can result in a custodial sentence of more than 10 years.
If you are facing drug-related charges of any kind then you should seek legal advice immediately. At Wheldon Law, we have years of experience of representing clients in such cases. We can provide honest and realistic advice and explore any potential defences that may be available to you. If you wish to plead guilty then we can mitigate for the lowest possible sentence in the circumstances.