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Drugs Offences Solicitors in London

Specialist London Solicitors in Drugs Offences cases

At MFI Law Limited we have the expertise in representing clients charged with drugs related offences. Our London Solicitors are available to represent clients at London Police Stations, Magistrates' and Crown Courts throughout the country.

Possession of controlled drugs

Section 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 states:

  1. Subject to any regulations under section 7 of this Act for the time being in force, it shall not be lawful for a person to have a controlled drug in his possession.
  2. Subject to section 28 of this Act and to subsection (4) below, it is an offence for a person to have a controlled drug in his possession in contravention of subsection (1) above.
  3. Subject to section 28 of this Act, it is an offence for a person to have a controlled drug in his possession, whether lawfully or not, with intent to supply it to another in contravention of section 4(1) of this Act.
  4. In any proceedings for an offence under subsection (2) above in which it is proved that the accused had a controlled drug in his possession, it shall be a defence for him to prove—
    1. that, knowing or suspecting it to be a controlled drug, he took possession of it for the purpose of preventing another from committing or continuing to commit an offence in connection with that drug and that as soon as possible after taking possession of it he took all such steps as were reasonably open to him to destroy the drug or to deliver it into the custody of a person lawfully entitled to take custody of it; or
    2. that, knowing or suspecting it to be a controlled drug, he took possession of it for the purpose of delivering it into the custody of a person lawfully entitled to take custody of it and that as soon as possible after taking possession of it he took all such steps as were reasonably open to him to deliver it into the custody of such a person.
  5. Subsection (4) above shall apply in the case of proceedings for an offence under section 19(1) of this Act consisting of an attempt to commit an offence under subsection (2) above as it applies in the case of proceedings for an offence under subsection (2), subject to the following modifications, that is to say—
    1. for the references to the accused having in his possession, and to his taking possession of, a controlled drug there shall be substituted respectively references to his attempting to get, and to his attempting to take, possession of such a drug; and
    2. in paragraphs (a) and (b) the words from “and that as soon as possible” onwards shall be omitted.
  6. Nothing in subsection (4) or (5) above shall prejudice any defence which it is open person charged with an offence under this section to raise apart from that subsection.

Sentencing Guidelines for Possession of Drugs

Maximum Sentence: Class A 7 years, Class B 5 years, Class C 2 years, Or a fine or both

Production and possession with Intent to Supply

Section 4 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 states:

  1. Subject to any regulations under section 7 of this Act for the time being in force, it shall not be lawful for a person—
    1. to produce a controlled drug; or
    2. to supply or offer to supply a controlled drug to another.
  2. Subject to section 28 of this Act, it is an offence for a person—
    1. to produce a controlled drug in contravention of subsection (1) above; or
    2. to be concerned in the production of such a drug in contravention of that subsection by another.
  3. Subject to section 28 of this Act, it is an offence for a person—
    1. to supply or offer to supply a controlled drug to another in contravention of subsection (1) above; or
    2. to be concerned in the supplying of such a drug to another in contravention of that subsection; or
    3. to be concerned in the making to another in contravention of that subsection of an offer to supply such a drug.

Sentencing Guidelines for possession with Intent to Supply

Maximum Sentence: Class A max life, Class B and C max 14 years

Sentencing Guidelines for production of a controlled drug

Maximum Sentence: Class A Life Imprisonment, it also counts as a drug trafficking Class B and C 14 years

Cultivation of Cannabis

Section 6 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 states:

  1. Subject to any regulations under section 7 of this Act for the time being in force, it shall not be lawful for a person to cultivate any plant of the genus Cannabis.
  2. Subject to section 28 of this Act, it is an offence to cultivate any such plant in contravention subsection (1) above.

Sentencing Guidelines for cultivation of Cannabis

Maximum Sentence: 14 years

Importation of Drugs

Section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 states:

  1. Subject to subsection (2) below—
    1. the importation of a controlled drug; and
    2. the exportation of a controlled drug, are hereby prohibited.
  2. Subsection (1) above does not apply—
    1. to the importation or exportation of a controlled drug which is for the time being excepted from paragraph (a) or, as the case may be, paragraph (b) of subsection (1) above by regulations under section 7 of this Act; or
    2. to the importation or exportation of a controlled drug under and in accordance with the terms of a licence issued by the Secretary of State and in compliance with any conditions attached thereto.

Sentencing Guidelines for Importation of Drugs

Maximum Sentence: Class A maximum: life imprisonment, Class B and C maximum: 14 years

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