Charged with Drug Offences in Ontario

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By Published On: June 1, 2023

Charged with Drug Offences in Ontario

Is possession of marijuana legal?

No. Despite what you may have heard, possession of marijuana and hashish are still offences.

Could I go to jail if convicted of a drug charge?

When your criminal defence lawyer meets you,  we will discuss possible outcome of your particular case. All drug offences carry a possible jail sentence. Here are some examples:

Trafficking in marijuana or hashish or possession for the purpose of trafficking (3 kgs. or more) Life Imprisonment
Trafficking in cocaine or heroin or possession for the purpose of trafficking Life Imprisonment
Trafficking in amphetamines, LSD, mescaline, or psilocybin or possession for the purpose of trafficking 10 years
Trafficking in barbituates or anabolic steroids or possession for the purpose of trafficking 3 years
Importing, exporting heroin, cocaine, marijuana or hashish Life Imprisonment
Importing, exporting amphetamines, LSD, mescaline, or psilocybin 10 years
Cultivation of marijuana 7 years
Production of cocaine, heroine, or hashish Life Imprisonment
Production of amphetamines, LSD, mescaline, or psilocybin 10 years
Production of barbituates or anabolic steroids 3 years

These charges are serious. Get a criminal lawyer who knows how to help you.

If I was caught with drugs in my pocket. Could there be a defence?

Your Ottawa criminal defence lawyer from Auger Hollingsworth can help you assess your case.  It is true that physical evidence is normally the most damaging in a drug case, including drugs seized in the arrest, or the results of tests conducted by law enforcement.

Your criminal defence lawyer at  Auger Hollingsworth can defend against your drug charges by challenging the validity of the physical evidence by reviewing how it was found, seized, or tested.

Your criminal defence lawyer will investigate all aspects of a drug arrest to determine whether unlawful search and seizure procedures occurred.

Our lawyers believe that illegal search and seizure is a threat not only to our clients but a threat to the liberty and privacy of all Canadians.

A large amount of cash was seized from my home and it was not mine. How to I retrieve it?

Money and property may be seized by the police at the time of arrest.  There are steps your Ottawa criminal defence lawyer can adopt to assist you to regain her property.

The police confiscated my money. How do I get it back?

Your criminal defence lawyer at Auger Hollingsworth will fight to ensure that your property is returned to you following any illegal property seizure.

Someone was growing marijuana in my home. It was not me. However, now everyone in the house was arrested. Is there anything I can do?

Your criminal defence lawyer at Auger Hollingsworth will give you specific advice for your case.  When there is any kind of growth operation in a home, it is not unusual for the authorities to charge everyone who lives there.

You should hire an experienced criminal defence lawyer to defend you. In some situations, the lawyer will be able negotiate a withdrawal of this type of charge before trial where it is obvious that the client was not involved.

I have a drug problem. Does that make a difference when dealing with my charges?

A qualified criminal defence lawyer can work with the Crown to minimize penalties, reduce charges or try to negotiate a rehabilitation program instead of other penalties.

Where clients are willing and interested, our criminal defence lawyers have successfully had charges withdrawn where our client has received treatment for addiction.
If you need assistance responding to drug charges in Ottawa, Smiths Falls, Brockville, Pembroke, Petawawa, Cornwall, Hawksbury, L’Orignal, or other Eastern Ontario cities, contact the criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth.  Call (613) 699-8192 or email [email protected].

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