How can a Toronto criminal defence lawyer help you with drug offence charges?
If you have been charged with an offence contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, it is vital to retain counsel and speak to a criminal lawyer immediately. A conviction for certain drug offences, such as possession for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy to traffic or import a prohibited substance and trafficking carry very severe penalties and will impact your ability to travel to the United States and elsewhere.
Police officers can often be overzealous in their pursuit of people they believe are involved in the drug trade. People can be charged with trafficking for having quite small amounts of drugs. Drug cases often become cases about the police conduct from the perspective of the defence.
The police do not have the right to randomly stop and search individuals or search cars or homes without judicial authorization.
Even with a warrant, there are defences that can be used to challenge the basis of the warrant. That is the price we pay to live in a free society. When police officers overstep their authority and do not take all the required steps before making an arrest and laying a charge, then the accused person may have a defence based on a breach of his or her constitutional rights.
While the general public may have a negative impression of this kind of defence, it is part and parcel of living in a free society. The defence of individuals charged with drug offences is a check against over policing in general and in particular in certain neighbourhoods. Very often, the neighbourhoods where people tend to be poorer and racialized, are the neighbourhoods targeted by the police.
In addition to such constitutional defences, there are often defences to drug offences that involve the knowledge and control of the drugs in question. There are often scenarios that arise where persons are charged with drug offences without knowledge that drugs were present.
If you have been charged with a drug offence, it is vital to retain counsel and determine a defence strategy that suits your case.
As a Toronto criminal lawyer where drug charges occur often, I have defended many drug cases successfully. I have also successfully defended drug cases in Newmarket, Brampton, Oshawa and Milton.