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Conspiracy to Supply Drugs and Possession with Intent to Supply
If you have been accused of an offence relating to illegal controlled substances and are facing a criminal investigation, contact our specialist defence solicitors today. We will be able to offer you expert legal advice through every step of the investigation to ensure you are able to make the best possible decision.
Allegations of possessing, supplying, intending to supply illegal drugs, or being part of a wider conspiracy to supply drugs are all viewed as serious criminal offences in the eyes of the law, and the punishments, although varied, can be substantial. It is, therefore, important that you get the right legal representation from the outset to guide you through this difficult and complex process.
At JMW, we offer a private client criminal law service and we are ranked as a top tier crime firm by the Legal 500, as well as Chambers and Partners. We are dedicated to achieving the best outcome possible for our clients, and strive to do so with every single case. By instructing our specialist team, you can be assured that you will be represented by highly qualified and experienced solicitors. We have extensive knowledge of this area of the law and a track record of success in defending individuals accused of serious drug-related offences.
If you have been accused of committing such an offence, speak to our criminal defence solicitors today by calling us on 0345 872 6666. Alternatively, fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
How JMW Can Help
The consequences of being found guilty of a drug offence are serious and any conviction relating to such offences can have an impact on your personal life, which could include travelling to certain countries abroad being restricted, job prospects being affected and, in most cases, a lengthy custodial sentence. It is vital that you seek expert legal advice immediately, and we are here to support you throughout the entire process.
Our expert services have been developed for clients who require exclusive, partner-level representation. This allows us to provide a dedicated, driven-yet-friendly approach from start to finish when defending a serious drugs offence.
We have particular expertise in pharmaceutical cases, where individuals or corporate clients face allegations of large-scale importation of legal drugs in contravention of statutory prohibitions. Our extensive knowledge of the market and international regulations in this type of case benefits our preparation in drug cases generally, so you can rest assured you will be in the best hands.
Our criminal defence team covers all aspects of drug-related accusations and crimes, meaning we are able to apply our expertise to a number of different cases.
We understand the impact that being caught in possession or supplying drugs can have on your life and your loved ones. Therefore, we are dedicated to supporting those accused of serious drug offences, whatever the case may involve.
We can offer our legal services to support you with the following:
- The initial arrest stage and initial police interview
- The investigation process including when you are released on bail
- Maintaining communication with the police on your behalf
- Advice and support if a charge is made against you
- Thorough and robust defence representation during the criminal proceedings
Throughout all of these stages, we will defend you robustly, give you all the information you need throughout the process and work tirelessly to protect your interests. We will also inform you of the likely sentencing you may face, depending on the severity of the allegations, all while fighting to reduce or remove your penalty.
FAQs About Conspiracy to Supply Drugs and Possession with Intent to Supply
What different types of serious drug offences are there?
Under UK law, illegal drugs are classified in accordance with how dangerous they are. If the drugs are categorised as controlled drugs, they are subject to legal restrictions to prevent drug misuse. Controlled drugs are categorised as Class A, B or C. The most common drugs are classed as:
- Class A: cocaine, methadone, LSD, heroin, ecstasy and magic mushrooms
- Class B: barbiturates, codeine, mephedrone and some synthetic cannabinoids
- Class C: ketamine, anabolic steroids, GHB, tranquilisers and benzyl piperazines
The Drugs Misuse Act 1971 sets out activities that are unlawful in respect of illegal drugs. Some of the most common charges are:
- Possessing or possession with intent to supply
If you have on your person or in your custody drugs, which are illegal, you can be investigated in respect of this, even if they do not belong to you. This is also the case if you have drugs in your possession with the intention to sell them but you never got around to selling them or you have them in your possession to give them to someone without gaining monetary value.
- Supplying or producing illegal drugs that include controlled drugs
If you are caught supplying drugs of any of the three classes - whether on a small scale or part of a larger conspiracy, you can be looking at serious penalties should you be found guilty. This is also the case if you are found to be ‘manufacturing, cultivating or producing by any other method’.
- Importation or trafficking illegal drugs
If you are caught bringing in or sending out of the UK, drugs that are controlled and illegal, you can be looking at serious penalties should you be found guilty.
- Importation of prohibited drugs in contravention of prohibition or licence
If you are investigated and found guilty of this offence, you could not only face serious penalties under criminal law, but you may also face regulatory action by the agency that has issued you a license and/or confiscation proceedings.
What sentence is likely for a serious drug offence?
The penalties that can be imposed depend on factors such as the classification, quantity and purity of the drug, your role, the offence itself and also whether or not you have had previous convictions. We will be able to answer any questions you may have relating to this.
Accusations of serious drug offences can often be complex. Arrests made will sometimes arise out of large-scale operations and cases can be linked to other crimes, such as money laundering or conspiracies to defraud. Whatever the drug offence may be, we are confident we will be able to offer our expert services.
What is the most common drug offence?
The most common drug offence is possession of an illegal drug which means you are found to have illegal drugs either on your person, or in a property such as your home or workplace.
Do first-time drug offenders go to prison?
If you are a first time offender, it may be that you receive a fine at court for drug possession; however, this depends on the specific details and severity of your individual case. It is possible you may serve a short prison sentence of a few weeks or months for simple possession; however, we will try to minimise this as much as possible by working on putting forward strong mitigation at the outset.