Drug offences typically range from minor possession of prohibited drugs to commercial trafficking and/or importation of prohibited drugs.
Prohibited drugs include but are not limited to cannabis, cocaine, heroin and MDMA. There are however a large range of other, lesser known substances.
While drug offences such as drug possession may seem like a relatively minor offence, it can result in a criminal record, which in turn, can have a significant impact on your ability to find and/or retain work as well as to undertake overseas travel. More serious offences can result in significant financial penalties and imprisonment.
BDN Lawyers can help you to manage, minimise and/or avoid the consequences of a drug charge.
If you have been charged with a drug offence, our solicitors will:
- Carefully consider the circumstances, facts and evidence surrounding the charge
- Advise whether you should plead guilty or not guilty
- Advise you of the potential penalties and likely outcome
- Advise whether a barrister should be briefed
- Prepare submissions and present your case to the presiding Magistrate and prosecutors on your behalf
Regardless of the specific charge, drug charges are always treated extremely seriously by the courts and it is extremely important that you obtain legal advice and representation as soon as possible.
The purpose of instructing a lawyer is to ensure that you are fully aware of your rights as well as the strength of the evidence against you. A good lawyer can make a huge difference to the outcome of a drugs charge.
If you wish to plead guilty to a drugs charge, BDN Lawyers will provide you with a simple fixed quote.
If you wish to defend a charge, then BDN Lawyers will provide a quote having consideration to:
- The number of charges
- The amount of evidence
- The number of anticipated court attendances
- The anticipated duration of the trial
- Whether a barrister is to be instructed
An experienced lawyer will examine the facts, circumstances and evidence surrounding a charge and advise you as to your prospects of success of defending a charge. Upon receiving this advice, you will be in a position to make a decision about whether you wish to plead guilty or not guilty.
Whether a custodial sentence is imposed will depend on:
- Whether you have a criminal record
- The number of charges and
- The seriousness of the charge(s)
There are many sentencing options available to courts, and an experienced solicitor will maximise your chances of achieving a non-custodial outcome.