Drug Offences - Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman

In Ontario and throughout Canada, drug crimes are generally governed by the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Some of the most common drug offences in Ontario include possession of drugs (most often marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, and Oxycontin); possession of drugs (most often cocaine and Oxycontin) for the purposes of trafficking; and the cultivation and production of marijuana.

Convictions on even the most minor drug charges may result in serious and lasting consequences; besides a permanent criminal record, those convicted may face fines, restriction on immigration and travel, and of course, possible jail time. Legislation provides mandatory minimum sentences for most drug offences, including those related to marijuana. Your property can even be seized and forfeited to the government. If you’re facing drug charges or are being investigated for drug-related activity, the stakes are high.

Drug Possession Charges

In some cases of simple possession, it may be possible to avoid a criminal conviction through negotiations with the prosecution and documentation of the accused persons’ good character. In other possession cases, a skilled lawyer may be able to challenge the evidence against the accused by showing that the police obtained the evidence through incorrect or illegal search or seizure procedures.

Drug Trafficking, Production or Importation Charges

Drug trafficking, production, or importation charges carry harsh penalties; a first-time trafficker may face a sentence of anywhere from 6 to 24 months in jail. And jail time is not the only concern.

Some people mistakenly believe that they cannot be charged with trafficking because they are not an active part of the drug trade. This is incorrect. If you have a large amount of drugs in your possession, authorities may bring a charge of trafficking or possession for the purposes of trafficking. Any penalties you may face are increased substantially once the term “trafficking” is involved.

Related Issues

If you have been charged with a drug crime, you need to know that your assets, your house, your car, or other property can be seized if it was connected to the crime or purchased with drug money. There may be legal steps that can be taken to recover seized property.

Drug charges are also often brought in conjunction with firearms charges, since firearms are often found at the scene of drug busts. Firearms offences can carry severe jail sentences all on their own, including mandatory minimum sentences.

You Need an Experienced Criminal Defence Lawyer On Your Side

If you have been arrested on a drug charge, drug lawyers are your best bet for a solid defence. A drug attorney knows the legal system in Ontario, and will be familiar with the procedures, the prosecutor, and the judge involved with your case. They can formulate the best defence strategy given your unique situation, and they may even be able to negotiate a deal for a lesser charge or a reduced sentence. Some first-time offenders may be able to have their case dismissed altogether. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to obtain a positive outcome on your own; you need qualified and competent legal representation, someone who can guide you through the process, stand up for your legal rights, and make sure that you are treated fairly under the law.

The Law Firm of Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman is committed to providing the highest standards of legal defence for individuals and corporations charged with criminal offences. Collectively, this formidable team of lawyers has decades of experience in all areas of criminal law, including conducting trials and arguing cases at all levels of court in Ontario as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada. They also provide legal assistance to other lawyers and firms in a variety of legal fields (such as immigration or family law) when those matters cross the line into the criminal arena.

They have established reputations within the Ontario court system for their commitment to justice and unwavering dedication to professionalism. For a free initial telephone consultation, contact Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman at 5000 Yonge St, Suite 1708, Toronto ON M2N 7E9, or by calling (416) 365-3151.