Each of these can be serious criminal offences, depending on the drug in question. Each type of charge can become extremely complex and technical.
However, the burden of proof on the Crown prosecution is high, and you still have hope if you are charged.
We’ll help you understand your charge(s) and prepare a strong defence with the confidence that you can escape a conviction.
Powerful Defence for Drug Offence Charges in Ottawa
Drug possession charges range from simple possession of marijuana to possession of a Schedule I drug like cocaine, heroin, etc.
Possession of a drug for personal use is a lesser offence to possession of a drug for the purpose of trafficking.
Regardless of the seriousness of the charges, an unwanted criminal record could affect your employment and career prospects, your immigration status, your ability to travel, and other areas of your life.
That’s why these charges must be defended vigorously and your rights fought for.
Crown evidence is often based on:
We may make a constitutional argument, such as:
illegal search and seizure
Other rights breached by the actions of authorities
Our lawyers are experienced in defending drug charges. They will help you examine the process taken by law enforcement officers and all the evidence against you.
In some cases, we’ve even had key drug evidence excluded from a trial, making it impossible for the prosecution to secure a conviction.
Other times, we identify ways to weaken the Crown prosecution case or have the charges excluded on constitutional grounds.
Even if the evidence against you is overwhelming, people charged with drug trafficking have rights that must be defended and are innocent until proven guilty.
Drug trafficking is a broad term that can include the following drug-related activities:
Giving (even for free)
These can be complex cases to handle because the Crown does not need to prove either of the following:
The substance in question was a drug (it is enough to present it as a drug)
You made a profit from the trafficking
To anyone charged with trafficking. It may seem like a hopeless case to defend. However, our skilled drug trafficking charge lawyers are used to finding inconsistencies or errors by police officers in following due process.
The evidence may not be as watertight as the police officers make out.
This is your best chance of escaping a conviction.