Drug Possession

Drug Possession

Drug Possession charges are serious offences. The severity is determined by what Schedule the drugs someone is charged with is classified as in the CDSA (Controlled Drugs and Substances Act). Schedule 1 is more serious and encompasses drugs such as Heroin, Oxycodone, and Cocaine. Schedule 2 is less serious such as certain prescription drugs etc. Other factors such as the quantity of drugs on one’s person also contribute to the seriousness of the charge.

To prove a Drug Possession Charge, the Prosecutor must prove that the accused had knowledge and control over the drugs in question. For example, just because you were aware that your friend had multiple ounces of cocaine in his car, and you were arrested with him, does not mean that you are guilty of drug possession. The Crown would have to prove as well, that you had some power of authority over the drugs seized.

Drug Possession charges are often centered around the search of a person or property. Canadian citizens have constitutional rights against unreasonable searches. A discussion with the lawyers at East Law lawyer regarding the facts of the case can provide a path towards fighting for your innocence and getting a Drug Possession charge ‘thrown out’.

Yes, cannabis is legal but personal possession is limited to a certain amount. Under the Cannabis Act, if you possess over 30 grams of Marihuana for example, you can be charged with possession of this restricted substance.

Jail sentences are dependent on the circumstances of the case such as drug type (Fentanyl is causing more lethal overdoses recently and is treated harsher), the quantity of drugs, etc.

Drug charges can be serious whether a little or a lot is involved. Guilty convictions can face significant jail time. Criminal records often inhibit employment opportunities and can inhibit travel.

A free consultation is a great place to start defending yourself. We’ll sit down, review your case, and listen to your side of the story. From there we can discuss your constitutional rights, your options and likely outcomes and the best course of action to getting you the best results.


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