Drug Trafficking, Possession, And Importation
Facing a drug offence charge can have severe and lasting consequences that can upend your life. If convicted, you could face substantial fines, probation, house arrest, or even imprisonment, leaving you with a permanent criminal record.
Moreover, it may restrict your ability to travel to other countries and limit your employment prospects.
How Can We Help?
At Slaferek Law, our criminal defence lawyer has successfully represented numerous individuals charged with drug-related offences, such as drug trafficking, possession, and drug importation.
We understand the gravity of these charges and are dedicated to protecting your rights and pursuing the best possible outcome for your case.
Call 780-906-9228 to learn more about how we can help you. We offer complimentary consultations, either over the phone or in person.
Drug Offences & Civil Forfeiture
The nature of the substance, its quality, and the surrounding circumstances all play a role in determining the severity of charges in drug-related offences. However, regardless of the specific substance involved, the same defences are applicable.
The drug offence lawyer at Slaferek Law possesses extensive experience with various drug defences and will identify the one that applies specifically to your case.
To prove possession, the Crown must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was:
- A degree of manual handling; AND
- Knowledge of the substance; AND
- A degree of control over it.
What Is Possession For The Purpose Of Trafficking?
The drug lawyer at Slaferek Law has successfully raised possession defences in numerous cases. A possession defence may be positive in the sense that it highlights limitations in the Crown's evidence.
To prove Possession for Trafficking (PPT), the Crown must show possession and that the substance was possessed for more than personal use.
Typically, the Crown will rely on a police expert who provides an opinion in support of Possession for Trafficking. This evidence generally addresses the quantity of the substance, how the substance is packaged, and the paraphernalia associated with trafficking.
Our lawyer has gained significant experience in effectively challenging these "expert witnesses" to either have their opinion evidence excluded or rendered less credible.
To prove trafficking, the Crown must show that the Accused acted as more than an agent for the purchaser and, indeed, possessed the substance with the intention to participate in a transaction. The lawyer at Slaferek Law can raise a defence of an agent for the purchaser or otherwise attack the evidence led by the Crown in support of a charge of trafficking.
These defences apply in more complex situations involving the production of a controlled substance and importing. In addition, numerous other positive defences exist, such as entrapment, duress, and necessity. Our drug offence lawyer is well-versed in all of these defences and will use them to vigorously defend your case.
Moreover, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms governs the investigative steps taken by the police or customs officers. Searches must be authorized by law and conducted in a reasonable manner. Detentions must be lawful and not arbitrary. Strip searches are justified only in certain circumstances. Every detained person has the right to counsel without an unreasonable delay. In any given case, infringements of Charter rights can lead to the inadmissibility of the controlled substance at trial and result in an acquittal.
Raising Effective Possession Defences
At Slaferek Law, our skilled lawyer has a proven track record of successfully raising possession defences in numerous cases. A possession defence can be beneficial as it highlights limitations in the Crown's evidence.
Proving Possession For The Purpose Of Trafficking (PPT)
To establish a charge of Possession for Trafficking, the Crown must demonstrate both possession and that the substance was intended for more than personal use.
Typically, the Crown relies on police experts who provide opinions supporting the charge. These opinions often consider factors such as the quantity of the substance, packaging methods, and associated paraphernalia related to trafficking.
Challenging The Crown's Expert Witnesses
Our experienced drug lawyer specializes in effectively challenging these so-called expert witnesses, aiming to exclude or discount their opinion evidence. We employ strategic techniques to successfully undermine the credibility of the expert's testimony, thereby bolstering your defence.
Drug Trafficking Defences
For a trafficking charge, the Crown must prove that the accused had more than an agent role for the purchaser and possessed the substance with the intention to participate in a transaction.
At Slaferek Law, our drug trafficking lawyer is capable of presenting a defence based on the argument of being an agent for the purchaser or vigorously challenging the evidence presented by the prosecution to support the trafficking charge.
Positive Defences And Complex Cases
In more complex situations involving the production of controlled substances and importing, additional defences such as entrapment, duress, and necessity can be applicable. Our lawyer is well-versed in all of these positive defences and will utilize them vigorously to defend your case.
The Role Of The Charter Of Rights And Freedoms In Protecting Individual Liberties
Under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the investigative steps taken by the police or customs officers are governed. Searches must be authorized by law and conducted in a reasonable manner, while detentions must be lawful and non-arbitrary. Strip searches are only justified in specific circumstances.
Furthermore, every detained person has the right to counsel without unreasonable delay. If Charter rights are infringed upon, it can lead to the inadmissibility of the controlled substance as evidence and result in an acquittal.
Call 780-906-9228 to learn more about how we can help you. We offer complimentary consultations either over the phone or in person.
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