Drug-related crimes are among some of the most serious charges prosecuted in Canada. Possession, trafficking, production, and importing can come with life-altering consequences if convicted, including heavy jail sentences. A minor conviction can have enduring consequences. A criminal record can affect your chances of getting a job, a loan, international travel, or even a place to live.
The Different Drug Offences
The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) outlines the penalties for the various drug offences. Charges and sentences vary significantly depending on the type of drug, the quantity, purpose of possession, and the accused’s prior record. Substances defined as hard drugs, like heroin and cocaine, receive more severe sentences than soft-drugs, like cannabis and hash. Drug trafficking receives harsher penalties than possession. CDSA defines trafficking as selling, administering, giving, transporting, or delivering drugs, or even the offer to do so. Giving drugs to another person for free is also considered drug trafficking.
Kantor LLP has extensive experience defending drug charges, and the priority is to avoid jail and a criminal record. If you are a first offender, the primary objective is to secure a withdrawal of the charge.
The law office of Kantor LLP also fights drug manufacturing charges. These cases involve the production of MDMA/ecstasy, methamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis, counterfeit prescription drugs, fentanyl, and carfentanyl. The laws pertaining to drug manufacturing are extremely technical and demand representation from an expert lawyer who can understand and protect your constitutional rights, legal options, and reputation. From challenging evidence obtained through illegal search and seizure tactics to ensuring that the Crown proves every element of the offence, our defence team will mount a thorough defence.
Defending Drug Charges
For many, a drug possession charge is distressing and daunting to deal with. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, our defence lawyers will vigorously work to obtain a favourable plea deal, prove your innocence, or get the charges dropped completely against you. In the case of simple possession, it may be possible to convince decision-makers that your case is worthy of alternative measures that give you a second chance and the opportunity for rehabilitation. More often than not drug-related offences involve Charter litigation. If the police have violated any of your constitutional rights,denying you the right to counsel upon arrest or detention, arbitrary detention, evidence may be excluded at your trial. Our law firm has an exceptional record of defending drug charges.
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