Drug Offences

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You Can Trust a Drug Offence Lawyer

A drug charge can have a severe impact on your life, especially if you are trafficking, producing, or importing a drug illegally. Many of our clients fall victim to a drug charge after attending a party and receiving drugs unknowingly, or first-time offenders who take drugs based on peer pressure. We believe that one mistake should not dictate the rest of your life, which is why we are determined to represent you in court. As drug offence lawyers serving Calgary and all of Alberta, we can create a compelling case on your behalf to eliminate the charges or reduce your sentencing. Based on the severity of the crime, the defence may be more complicated, but we are experts at interpreting the law in your favour. Call Alberta Criminal Defence Lawyers as soon as you’ve been charged with any drug offence.

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Drug Possession

Drug possession is a slightly less serious offence than trafficking but may still result in substantial fines and up to seven years in jail. The most common situations that lead to a drug possession charge results from unrelated violations. If a police officer pulls you over for a traffic violation and discovers drugs in your vehicle, or arrests you for a different offence and find drugs on your person, you may be facing a criminal charge. However, as we review the circumstances surrounding your arrest, we can analyze whether a police officer violated your rights at any point. In this case, we may be able to remedy the situation through a dismissal of all charges.

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Drug Trafficking

The legal definition of trafficking includes selling, giving, transporting, administering, transferring sending, or delivering. You may receive charges for drug trafficking if you participate in any of the above activities with an illegal drug. Many individuals do not realize that participating in the delivery of drugs counts as drug trafficking. We take it upon ourselves to protect and defend you if your case goes to trial. Consequences for drug trafficking may vary based on the type of drug, the amount that was trafficked, where the drugs came from, and location the drugs were received but can include anything from a life sentence in prison to a minimum of one year in jail. As determined criminal defence lawyers, we will do our best to help refer you to an alternative measures program rather than having your case go to trial.

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When to Call a Drug Possession Lawyer

You should call a drug possession lawyer as soon as you are arrested for drug possession. While convictions for drug offences result in mandatory jail sentences, we can use our extensive knowledge of the Canadian justice system to reduce your sentence or to find faults, errors, and inconsistencies with the arrest procedure. As a means of maintaining your liberty, we can help to guide you through a different outcome, before your case goes to trial. In some instances, a Crown Prosecutor may refer you to the Alternative Measures Program which requires community service in exchange for the dropping of your charges. If you are found in possession of any drug, including cocaine, heroin, morphine, oxycodone, codeine, GHBm LSD, or others, Alberta Criminal Defence Lawyers should be your first call.

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FAQs

Drug trafficking may result in a life sentence in prison if the drug is cocaine, heroin, marijuana, morphine, opium, oxycontin, codeine, or GHB. Other drugs may result in less severe penalties.

While convictions for illegal drug offences come with a mandatory jail sentence, you may be eligible for an Alternative Measures Program. If the case goes to trial and you find yourself convicted, we can negotiate a better outcome. Call us to talk to a defence lawyer about your options.

While in police custody, practice your right to remain silent; you do not have to give a statement. You should also write down everything you remember about the arrest and the events leading up to it as this may be useful in building your defence. Finally, don’t forget to call a criminal defence lawyer as soon as possible you don’t have to face these charges alone.

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Why Choose Us

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Honest

We are honest and realistic with all of our clients. We will not sugar-coat or oversell the potential outcome of the case. However, we will always strive to achieve the best result possible.

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Personable

We are personable with our clients. To us, you aren’t just another name. We seek to understand your story and build a positive relationship with you while defending your rights against the State.

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Informative

We believe you should know what you’re up against; most people don’t know what to expect once they have been criminally charged. We will always strive to keep you informed every step of the way.

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Effective

We have built a reputation of having a high success rate for our clients throughout Alberta. Often our clients will escape a criminal record or incarceration.

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Streamlined

We have streamlined the process of contacting and working with a criminal defence lawyer. We make all docket court appearances on your behalf so you don’t have to attend.

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Established

We have over 65 years of combined experience as defence lawyers. We've built relationships in the industry that allow us to achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Local

Think of us as your friendly neighbourhood defence lawyers, serving clients across Alberta for over 40 years. Based in Calgary, we travel everywhere from Lethbridge to Fort MacMurray.

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Flat Rates

We offer flexible payment schedules and flat-rate fee plans so you’ll always know what you’re paying upfront. Total fees depend on the complexity of your case.

Wherever You Are, We Have Your Back

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What to Expect From a Drug Offence Lawyer

As some of Alberta’s best criminal defence lawyers, serving Calgary and the rest of the province, we have decades of experience representing individuals in the criminal court and finding alternative outcomes for drug possession offenders. If you are facing your first offence, we understand how intimidating the court system may appear; Alberta Criminal Defence Lawyers are tough on the law but easy on you. We’ll begin by sitting down with you for an initial consultation. If you’re not sure what to expect, know that we are here to protect and defend you. We’ll keep you involved and educated as we attend all court appearances on your behalf and learn more about the outlook of your case. We work together to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation. Call us today.