Drug Offences

Have you been accused of drug offences?

We have a team of drugs solicitors in Leeds who are ready to help you fight the allegations made against you. Our experienced lawyers have been defending clients accused of drug offences for more than 30 years.
We understand the difficult situation in which you find yourself, and know that there are many complicated reasons why people like you find themselves involved in drugs cases. With problems stemming from addiction, the threats of violence that are a real part of the drugs world and even possible entrapment by police, drugs cases are not cut and dried. Our Leeds drugs solicitors are committed to uncovering the complexities of your case and securing the best outcome on your behalf.
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Why choose our drugs solicitors to defend you?

Our drugs lawyers in Leeds have been successfully defending those charged with drug offences for more than 30 years. In that time, we have represented clients facing drugs charges of all sizes, including some individuals accused of importing and distributing hundreds of kilos of class A drugs.

Our criminal defence solicitors also work closely with our fraud solicitors to successfully defend clients charged with the money laundering offences that often accompany drugs prosecutions. We will work to ensure that there is a minimal risk of you being forced to pay back enormous sums of money even if you plead guilty or are convicted of the drugs charges you are facing.

We also have close relationships with expert criminal barristers, whose legal expertise will be used to bolster your defence and present your case persuasively to the jury.

Drug offences carry the risk of lengthy prison sentences. The earlier in the process we are involved, the greater the likelihood of our criminal defence solicitors being able to stop a possible prosecution in its tracks, so please do not waste any time before contacting us.

Which drug offences charges are you facing?

We have vast experience of defending drugs charges of all types, so whatever the accusations against you, our drugs solicitors are ready to represent you.

Some of the drug offences we can defend you against include:

Possession with intent to supply

If you have been charged with possession with intent to supply under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, police have found you in possession of drugs and believe you intended to supply them to another person.

Why have you been charged with possession with intent to supply?

You have been found in possession of drugs, and prosecutors have agreed with police that your intention was to supply the drugs to another person. The charge indicates there is evidence that the quantity of drugs found is not consistent with personal use, the drugs were uncut or unusually pure, there was evidence of drug dealing equipment or of the drug being prepared for sale, or large amounts of money were found.

There does not need to be evidence of a financial arrangement. The intended supply can be to friends or associates without expectation of monetary reward.

What can you expect after being charged with possession with intent to supply?

While possession with intent to supply can be tried at magistrates’ court or the Crown Court, it is highly unlikely that a case involving class A or class B drugs would not be sent to the Crown Court. In those circumstances, and assuming you plead not guilty, your case will be heard in front of a judge and jury.
The jury will decide whether you are guilty or not guilty and, if you are found guilty, the judge will sentence you. There does not need to be evidence of a financial arrangement. The intended supply can be to friends or associates without expectation of monetary reward.

Can I go to jail for possession with intent to supply?

Yes, a jail sentence is a distinct possibility if you plead or are found guilty of possession with intent to supply. The length of the sentence will depend on the street value of the drugs that were found in your possession, the type of drugs involved and your alleged role within the supply chain.

The maximum custodial sentences for possession with intent to supply are:

– Class A drugs: life imprisonment or six months if tried at a magistrates’ court.
– Class B drugs: 14 years’ imprisonment or six months if tried at a magistrates’ court.
– Class C drugs: 14 years’ imprisonment or three months if tried at a magistrates’ court.

Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs

Conspiracy to supply class A drugs relates to an agreement between two or more people to supply class A drugs, which might be heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, MDMA (ecstasy) or LSD. Our drugs solicitors have experience of successfully defending conspiracy to supply class A drugs charges by scrutinising evidence of an alleged conspiracy.

Why have you been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs?

If you have been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs, police believe they have evidence that you were in an agreement with one or more others to supply a class A drug to other people. This need not be for commercial gain, although this charge often arises when police intercept an alleged drug deal, and there is no need for you to have been found in possession of drugs. There does not need to be evidence of a financial arrangement. The intended supply can be to friends or associates without expectation of monetary reward.

The precise nature of what an agreement entails is not defined in law, which gives police and prosecutors a wide scope to charge people who may simply be innocent bystanders.

What can you expect after being charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs?

Conspiracy charges are indictable, so your case will be heard at the Crown Court. A jury will decide whether you are guilty or not guilty, then a judge will sentence you.
The jury will decide whether you are guilty or not guilty and, if you are found guilty, the judge will sentence you.

There does not need to be evidence of a financial arrangement. The intended supply can be to friends or associates without expectation of monetary reward.

Can I go to jail for possession with conspiracy to supply class A drugs?

Yes, depending on the seriousness of the offences of which you have been found or pleaded guilty. The maximum custodial sentence for conspiracy to supply class A drugs is life imprisonment.

Importation of Controlled Drugs

The importation of controlled drugs is a criminal charge under section 170 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1970 and section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. It relates to bringing illegal drugs into the country and may also relate to the importation of steroids.

Why have you been charged with importation of controlled drugs?

A charge of importation of controlled drugs will arise if police have gathered evidence that you brought drugs into the country. You can be charged with this offence whether you are found entering the country with a small amount of drugs or hundreds of kilos. Even receiving steroids ordered over the internet may result in a charge of importation of controlled drugs.

What can you expect after being charged with importation of controlled drugs?

The offence is triable either way, which means it might be heard at a magistrates’ court or at the Crown Court. Most cases will be deemed too serious for the magistrates’ court and will be sent to the Crown Court. If that happens and you plead not guilty, your case will be heard by a judge and jury. The jury will find you either guilty or not guilty. In the event that you are found guilty, the judge will pass sentence.

Can I go to jail for importation of controlled drugs?

Yes, depending on the scale of the alleged importation, your role within it and the class of the drugs involved.

The maximum custodial sentences for importation of controlled drugs are:

– Class A drugs: life imprisonment.
– Class B drugs: 14 years’ imprisonment.
– Class C drugs: 14 years’ imprisonment.

Production of Controlled Drugs

Have you been charged with production of controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971? Our drugs lawyers in Leeds will do everything in their power to stop your prosecution in its tracks. We have successfully defended clients charged with the production of MDMA (ecstasy), cocaine and crystal meth.

Why have you been charged with production of controlled drugs?

Police and prosecutors believe you played a role in the production of a controlled drug. The nature of the production is wide-ranging and can cover manufacturing, cultivation or any other means of production. Converting a drug from one form to another – such as turning cocaine into crack cocaine – is also classed as production of controlled drugs.

What can you expect after being charged with production of controlled drugs?

While production of controlled drugs charges can be heard at either a magistrates’ court or the Crown Court, the strong likelihood is that your case will ultimately be heard by a judge and jury at the Crown Court. After hearing the prosecution and defence cases, the jury will decide whether you are guilty or not guilty. If you are found guilty, you will be sentenced by the judge.

Can I go to jail for production of controlled drugs?

Yes, depending on the class of drugs involved, the scale of the production, the amount of drugs produced and your role within the production operation, a custodial sentence is possible. The maximum jail sentences for production of controlled drugs are:

– Class A drugs: life imprisonment or six months if tried at a magistrates’ court.
– Class B drugs: 14 years’ imprisonment or six months if tried at a magistrates’ court.
– Class C drugs: 14 years’ imprisonment or three months if tried at a magistrates’ court.

Cannabis Cultivation

Cannabis cultivation is an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. It is illegal to germinate or cultivate cannabis plants.

Why have you been charged with cannabis cultivation?

A charge of cannabis cultivation can arise if you are alleged to have been growing and caring for cannabis plants, such as by feeding or watering them. Police believe they have evidence of this and the Crown Prosecution Service agrees the evidence meets the required threshold. You cannot be charged with production and cultivation, only one or the other.

What can you expect after being charged with cannabis cultivation?

This charge is triable either way, which means you could be tried at either a magistrates’ court or the Crown Court. In general, larger and more commercial cultivation operations will be heard in front of a judge and jury at the Crown Court.
Yes, it is a possibility. For commercial cannabis cultivation operations, there is a minimum jail sentence of three years. The length of the sentence will increase depending on your role within the operation.

Get in touch for a free consultation with our drugs solicitors in Leeds.

We are here to support you as you fight the allegations made against you. That starts from our first consultation, which is free of charge. You can arrange to meet us in person, by video call or over the telephone — whichever you prefer.