Calgary Drug Offence lawyers
Drug offences are defined under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Drug offences not only involve illegal substances, but also prescription drugs. Some of the more common charges the Crown brings against a person include possession, drug distribution/ trafficking, possession of proceeds from criminal activities, possession for the purpose of distribution and trafficking, drug exportation and importation, and drug production. The following is a brief overview of certain drug offences and should not be viewed as legal advice.
- Drug Possession: Being found in possession with a controlled substance in a small quantity viewed by the law as for personal use, not trafficking and distribution.
- Drug Distribution/Trafficking: Distributing controlled substances to other individuals for their own person usage or to other individuals, who distribute the drugs on your behalf. It is important to note distribution does not have to involve the exchange of money or other property of value.
- Importing or Exporting Drugs: Illegally importing or exporting controlled substances for the purpose of distribution and trafficking.
- Drug Production: Growing, manufacturing, or producing controlled substances either for personal use or for the intent of distribution and trafficking.
- Possession of Proceeds from Criminal Activities: Being in possession of cash or property of value obtained from the distribution and trafficking of controlled substances.
Keep in mind each case and the circumstances surrounding the case are often different. This is why it is essential to talk to Calgary drug defence lawyer Paul Gracia and find out your rights as soon as you are charged.
The penalties for being found guilty of a drug offence range in severity depending upon the actual charges filed by the Crown and might include fines, probation, and imprisonment, as well as being listed on your permanent criminal record. Several drug convictions have addition impacts far after the fact, like not being able to travel to other provinces or internationally, difficulties in finding gainful employment, and being prevented from doing volunteer work within your local community. If you are charged with a drug offence, you should never take a plea arrangement or plead guilty to the charges. Instead, contact Paul Gracia, drug defence lawyer in Calgary for professional legal advice.
Mr. Gracia reviews every client’s case in detail to look for weaknesses and other aspects to develop the best criminal defence. He advises his clients throughout the entire criminal proceedings, from the initial bail hearing until the case is fully resolved. Sometimes cases are able to be resolved without going to court. In the event your case goes to trial, Mr. Gracia takes an aggressive approach to fight on your behalf. He has won many cases where the charges were dismissed or resulted with a reduction in the actual charges.
To see the successful outcomes Mr. Gracia has obtained for other clients, review the “Results” section of the website and then call him at 403-975-4529 to schedule a complimentary consultation appointment to discuss your drug charges.