In Canada, the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (1996), regulates the possession and distribution of controlled substances. Controlled substances, as defined by Schedules I – VII ( SCHEDULE ), are illegal to possess, traffic, grow, produce, import and obtain. Penalties for engaging in these actions range from fines to life imprisonment. If you have been criminally charged under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, it is essential to contact legal counsel due to the intricacies of the regulations and policies governing illegal substances.
Brodsky Amy & Gould is both knowledgeable and experienced with drug offences. Our litigation team works hard to uncover the details behind any drug arrest, from investigation, to interviewing witnesses and developing effective Constitutional challenges to arrests, searches, and possession issues. Contact us today if you’re looking for a drug possession lawyer in Winnipeg
The penalties for drug charges
If you’ve been charged with a drug offence, the consequences can be severe. In the worst-case scenario, you can be punished with a significant jail sentence. There are many factors which influence how drug offences are charged. The prosecution might attempt to prove that you intended to traffic drugs, or that you were involved in drug production.
Even simple possession can result in serious consequences such as a criminal record, jail and problems crossing the American border.
Can I still be convicted for cannabis-related charges?
Yes. While the 2018 Cannabis Act legalized cannabis under some circumstances, there are cases in which drug charges may still be levied against you. These include cases in which you’re in possession of over the legal limit, and cases in which you are believed to have intent to traffic. Giving cannabis to minors can also result in serious charges.
While drug prosecution for cannabis happens less often than it used to, it can still carry severe penalties when used – prosecution for cases involving minors, for example, can lead to 14 years of jail time.
If you’ve been charged with a cannabis-related offence, call us right away.
Why you need a defence lawyer
The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is incredibly complex. Drug offences are serious crimes that can result in serving significant jail time. Even if you receive a sentence that doesn’t include jail time, drug possession can go on your criminal record, hurting your chances of employment.
You don’t have to go it alone. A defence lawyer in Winnipeg
will come up with strategies to reduce or even eliminate charges. If a case goes to trial, our defence lawyers will be there to serve you, doing everything in their power to get you a “Not Guilty” verdict.
Don’t risk your life because you don’t think you can afford a lawyer. Contact us today for a free consultation – our services may cost less than you think, and they will certainly cost less than a lengthy stay in prison.
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Even if the Crown has evidence against you, you should not plead guilty. With our legal counsel, you may find avenues for defence that you didn’t know were available to you. We handle youth cases and Legal Aid cases, as well as cases from the general population.
Our firm has been around for over 20 years, and our lawyers have decades of combined experience. Don’t go it alone. Contact us – our team will support you, and do everything we can to defend you.