Charged with Drug Possession?

Drug Possession & Trafficking

Possessing prohibited drugs on your person or in your immediate vicinity can land you with a drug possession charge.

The penalties for possession of drugs can be very serious. A conviction for any drug possession offence will most likely prevent you from being granted entry into other countries, particularly the United States. More serious charges can result in imprisonment and substantial fines.

Drug trafficking can come with even more serious charges if you are selling or transporting illicit drugs.

Defending individuals charged with drug offences often involves complex legal arguments requiring extensive experience in criminal law. Advocate Law has this experience.

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Jail terms, fines and other criminal penalties can be serious to face on your own when you are charged with the illegal possession or trafficking of illicit drugs. You need the right defence team who can defend your rights. Our experienced and knowledgeable criminal defence lawyers are ready to defend you in court if you are facing a drug offence. We have successfully defended clients in the Alberta court system and helped them avoid costly fines, prison terms, and criminal records. 

We understand how stressful it can be to face drug charges and potential jail time; we are here to help you through the entire process and develop a strong case based on our legal insight and years of proven experience.   

Drug Charge FAQs

What are the types of drug charges in Alberta?

Drug possession and drug trafficking are serious offences in Alberta. Common charges related to possession and trafficking can include:

  • Possession of a prohibited or controlled substance
  • Possession of a controlled substance with the intent to traffic
  • Trafficking in a prohibited or controlled substance
  • Producing, cultivating, or growing a controlled substance
  • Use of a prohibited or controlled substance
  • Importing, exporting, or possessing a controlled substance

The penalties for these offences can vary depending on the type and quantity of drugs involved, as well as the individual's criminal history. If you are facing any of these charges, it is important to seek legal advice.

How often do drug charges get dropped?

There are specific instances where drug charges can be dropped through certain legal processes, which can be navigated with the help of a defence lawyer.

Diversion programs are available through the Alberta court system if this is your first or second offence involving a minor drug charge. These programs may be able to help have your charges dropped depending on your charges and your personal circumstances. 

However, this process may not be viable for every individual. If you apply for a discharge or plead guilty, you may still be able to avoid a criminal record. Even still, this does not apply to individuals charged with trafficking, drug production or importing drugs.

How long do drug charges stay on record?

In most cases, the drug charges remain on your criminal record for decades or for life unless you apply for a record suspension. This life long record can result in restrictions on employment and travel opportunities.

This is why working with an experienced and knowledgeable team of defence lawyers like Advocate Law is so important.

What is considered drug trafficking?

The selling, administering, giving, transferring, sending, or delivering of a controlled substance is considered drug trafficking. It is also regarded as trafficking when offering to sell, administer, give, transfer, send, or deliver a controlled substance.

These controlled substances are defined under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and listed in Schedule I, II, III, IV, or VI.

Schedule I substances include cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl. Synthetic weed drugs are listed under Schedule II and may be subject to the provisions of the Cannabis Act. Schedule III drugs include mushrooms, LSD, and other psychoactive. Schedule IV includes prescription drugs such as. Barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and steroids.

What are the penalties related to drug charges in Alberta?

As a first-time offender with a simple drug possession charge, the maximum penalty you can face is a $1,000 fine and/or six months in prison. The penalties for repeat drug possession offenders are doubled with a $2,000 fine and/or one year in prison.

The penalties related to drug trafficking are more complicated and severe. The maximum sentence for drug trafficking in Alberta is life in prison. The penalties associated with these charges are based on the type of drug trafficked and any prior convictions you carry. 

To help avoid the most serious penalties, it is best to work with an experienced defence lawyer.

What should I do if I’m charged with drug possession or drug trafficking?

If you are charged with drug possession or drug trafficking, you should contact an experienced defence lawyer who has extensive knowledge of the Alberta court system and defence strategies. The Advocate Law team is experienced and successful in defending against drug possession and drug trafficking charges. We will provide reliable legal advice on your next steps and how to best protect your rights. 

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  1. Contact the team at Advocate Law for a free consultation where we will review your drug possession or drug trafficking charges.
  2. We consider all possibilities to build the most effective defence for your drug case.
  3. Our team of experienced lawyers is dedicated to helping you beat your drug possession or drug trafficking charges.

To get the best results in court, you need a criminal defence lawyer right away. Advocate Law is here to help you defend your rights. Book a consultation today to avoid criminal penalties.

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