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Drugs Offences

At J R Jones we regularly deal with drugs offences and are highly experienced in defending this type of case.

This webpage sets out the basic details and laws relating to drugs offences; please contact us if you require legal advice or representation. Click on a link to jump to that section:

What to do if you arrested and tested for drugs?

If you are arrested for a trigger offence such as street robbery, burglary, car theft, handling stolen goodsor supplying drugs, you can then be tested for drugs. You can then be arrested and taken to a police station where you can be tested to find out if you've taken any Class A drugs.

You cannot lawfully be forced to provide a samplecontact us for testing; however, it is an offence for you to refuse to provide a sample without good cause.

If you are arrested you should ask for a Solicitor at the earliest opportunity. You have a right to legal representation. J R Jones solicitors are available 24 hours a day on 0961 369 885. Please make a note of this number. In office hours you can also call us on 0121 777 7864.

Advice at a Police Station is free of charge and will be paid for by Legal Aid. This does not depend on your financial circumstances.

What are the UK drugs classifications?

Drugs into three separate categories in the UK:

Class A drugs

  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Crack Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • LSD
  • Amphetamines (if prepared for Injection)
  • Magic Mushrooms
Class B drugs
  • Amphetamines
  • Cannabis
Class C drugs
  • Tranquilisers
  • Ketamine
  • Diazepam (unless prescribed by a Doctor)

Which laws relate to drugs offences?

There are several offences relating to drugs:

1) Possession of a controlled substance unlawfully.
2) Possession of a controlled substance with intent to supply it.
3) Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug (even where no charge is made for the drug)
4) Allowing premises you occupy or manage to be used unlawfully for the purpose of producing or supplying controlled drugs

What are the penalties for Supply or Possession of drugs?

The penalty for possession or supply of a drug relates to the classification of the particular drug. The higher classification the drug, the more severe the penalty.

Class A drugs

Penalties for possession: Up to seven years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both
Penalties for supply (dealing): Up to life in prison or an unlimited fine, or both

Class B drugs

Penalties for possession: Up to five years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both
Penalties for supply (dealing): Up to 14 years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both

Class C drugs

Penalties for possession: Up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both
Penalties for supply (dealing): Up to 14 years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both.

The Police have special powers to stop, detain and search people on ‘reasonable suspicion’ that they are in possession of a controlled drug.

The above penalties relate to those given in a Crown Court. In a Magistrates Court, where less serious offences are dealt with, the maximum sentence is six months imprisonment and a £5000 fine. The actual sentence you're likely to get will also depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Any previous criminal record
  • The drug involved
  • Your personal circumstances

Drug trafficking (supply) attracts serious punishment including life imprisonment for Class A offences.

Cultivation of Cannabis

Cultivation of Cannabis is a distinct offence in the UK whereby it is an offence for anyone to grow any form of Cannabis plant, unless they have a license for Industrial production. The offence carries a sentence of up to 14 years imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both.

Producing Drugs

Producing Drugs is defined as being involved in manufacturing drugs, often in large quantities and sometimes for sale.  The offence carries the following penalties:

Class A Drugs – Up to life imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both.

Class B Drugs – Up to 14 years imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both

Class C Drugs – Up to 14 years imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both

Allowing Premises to be Used for the Use, Supply or Production of Drugs

It is an Offence to allow premises to be used for the use, supply or production of drugs. You are guilty of an offence if you knowingly permit any of the above activities to take place on premises owned by you or under your control.

Importing Drugs

It is an offence to import illegal Drugs into the Country. This offence carries the following sentences:contact us

Importing Class A Drugs - carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for the most serious of offences.

Importing Amphetamine - carries a maximum penalty at 14 years imprisonment.

Importing Cannabis - carries a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.
Please contact us if you require legal advice or representation for any drugs related offence.