Drug Charge Defence Lawyers in Ottawa

Drug Charges

Drug laws are strict in Canada. These offences are prosecuted under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). Drug charges often carry mandatory minimum penalties.

Depending on the type of drug and nature of the offence, a conviction can lead to a lengthy term of imprisonment. These charges must be defended vigorously.

The consequences of a conviction for a drug offence is a criminal record that can affect the most important areas of your life:

  • Your ability to travel outside of Canada
  • Your immigration status (for non-Canadian citizens)
  • Your employment prospects

Drug charges can be complex and technical to defend.

If you are charged with a drug offence, your best chance of avoiding life-changing consequences is to obtain proper legal representation.

The lawyers at Friedman Mansour LLP are experienced and knowledgeable in defending drug charges.

If there is a breach of your constitutional rights, we will find it. If there is a defence, we will find it.

We will help you understand your drug charges and analyze all the evidence against you in detail. We will build a powerful defence and push for case dismissal or acquittal at trial.

In drug case, evidence is often based on surveillance, wiretaps, and search warrants.

We have had success in excluding drug evidence from a trial, making it impossible for the prosecution to secure a conviction. In other instances, we have been successful in challenging the validity of a search warrant, identified ways to weaken the prosecution’s case or had the charges stayed or withdrawn on constitutional grounds.

We have also been successful in making constitutional arguments, such as:

  • Arbitrary detention
  • Right to counsel
  • Illegal search and seizure

We will vigorously defend your rights and ensure that you are given the best possible opportunity to avoid a conviction.

The types of drug offences we can help you with include:

  • Drug possession
  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug production

The lawyers at Friedman Mansour LLP will work to minimize the short and long-term effects of these charges on your life.

How we will defend you

We  have successfully defended many people charged with drug offences.

We will carefully analyze the evidence against you, look for potential flaws or weaknesses in the Crown’s case and prepare a defence based upon the following:

  • Charter rights arguments
  • Methods used to search you or your premises
  • Surveillance techniques used by law enforcement officers
  • Actions taken against you by the police at the roadside or in custody
  • The reliability of police informants

If your matter goes to trial, our goal is to obtain an acquittal on all charges. Our lawyers understand how to effectively cross-examine witnesses, including police officers.

What are the classification of drugs?

The CDSA classifies controlled substances into a series of “schedules”. These are large groups of drugs classified according to their chemical properties and effects on the user. The Act states that it is illegal for anyone in Canada to possess substances in Schedule I, II, and III without prior authorization.

The schedules are long and detailed but some of the most common substances listed in each schedule are as follows:

  • Schedule I: Cocaine, heroin, morphine, opium, GHB (“date rape” drug)
  • Schedule II: Synthetic cannabinoid
  • Schedule III: LSD and magic mushrooms
  • Schedule IV: Barbiturates (clonazepam, diazepam, amytal, Nembutal)
  • Schedule V: Propylhexedrine and any salt derived from it
  • Schedule VI: Substances used in the manufacture of other drugs, such as ephedrine, lysergic acid, norephedrine, psedoephedrine.

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