Please contact us as soon as possible if you or a loved one have been charged with a drug offence. The earlier we’re involved in the case, the better we’ll be able to build a strong defence and protect the accused’s rights, all aimed at mitigating the consequences and securing the best possible outcome.
Defence against drug offence allegations
Society’s war against drugs has resulted in a wide range of offences aimed at tackling every stage of the drug supply chain, from personal use to intentions to production, and for every type of drug, from cannabis to heroin. A majority of these offences are found in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, such as unlawful possession, possession with intent to supply, offering to supply and allowing premises occupied or managed to be used unlawfully for the purpose of producing or supplying.
The penalties following a successful prosecution of these and other drug-related offences vary according to their seriousness. For example, active involvement in a supply chain that seeks to profit from other people’s use will attract much more severe consequences than a minor possession offence. The penalty also depends on the class of drug. For example, class A drugs such as heroin, ecstasy, LSD, methamphetamine, methadone and cocaine will attract a harsher penalty than for class B (such as cannabis, ketamine and amphetamines) or class C (such as Valium or another form of benzodiazepines).
We know that the personal and professional consequences can be especially severe following a successful prosecution. That’s why we take a robust approach to criminal defence that aims to avoid and mitigate the impact of drug offence allegations.
Contact our Criminal Defence Lawyers in Ayrshire
Contact us early for help and advice. From initial police interview through to court appearance, you can be absolutely sure you are in safe hands. We are approved by the Scottish Legal Aid Board and have been serving the local community for over 30 years as one of Ayrshire’s most respected law firms.
From our offices in North Ayrshire, we serve clients all across Scotland, including Saltcoats and Ardrossan, Skelmorlie and Stewarton, Ayr and Irvine, Kilwinning and West Kilbride, Troon and Prestwick, Largs and Fairlie, Kilmarnock and Kilmaurs.