Solicitors for Drug Offences
Top ranked criminal solicitors and barristers at representing clients facing investigation or prosecution for a Drug Offence or Drug Offences.
If you have recently been arrested or charged with a drug related offence such as possession of a controlled drug, or possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, call our specialist private criminal defence solicitors on 03308189825 for an initial telephone assessment and to obtain details of the cost of defending you.
Defending a Drug Charge
If you are considering defending the offence you have been charged with, it is important to appoint a specialist Criminal Defence Solicitor as soon as possible, as this will enhance your chances of being found not guilty.
Whether you have a viable defence will depend upon the evidence the prosecution has and the circumstances surrounding your involvement. Section 28 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 includes a defence to the charge of possession with intent to supply.
The defence contained within Section 28 states:
“it shall be a defence for the accused to prove that he neither knew of nor suspected nor had reason to suspect the existence of some fact alleged by the prosecution which it is necessary for the prosecution to prove if he is to be convicted of the offence charged”
Our law firm is ranked amongst the top tier of law firms in the United Kingdom with a top ranking in the category of Crime (which includes Driving Offence), the highest ranking that can achieved in the Chambers Guide.
The Legal 500 guide describes Kang & Co Solicitors as being “well adept at tailoring its resources to an individual case and investing heavily for the client. Legal advice is honest and the team always takes into consideration the views of the client.”
The Different Classifications of Drugs
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 contains three different classifications of illegal substances:
Class A: Heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, methadone, methamphetamine (crystal meth), magic mushrooms
Class B: Amphetamine (other than methamphetamine), barbiturates, codeine, ketamine, synthetic cannabinoids such as Spice and cannabis, cathinone derivatives, including mephedrone
Class C: Anabolic steroids, mild tranquilisers, benzodiazepines, GBL and GHB, khat and BZP
A detailed list of the different drugs and classifications can be found here.
What is a Controlled Substance?
This is a substance where its production, supply and use are controlled or restricted by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.
There are several different criminal offences associated with controlled drugs and the offence the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) charge an individual with will depend upon the evidence they have available to them, the type of drug involved and the quantity. Offences involving a Class A carry the most severe sentence however, a conviction for offences involving a Class C can still result in a lengthy custodial (prison) sentence.
The different types of offences include:
- Possession with intent to supply another
- Supplying another with a controlled drug
- Offering to supply another with a controlled drug
- The production, cultivation or manufacture of controlled drugs
- The import or export of controlled drugs
- Allowing premises, you own, occupy or manage to be used for the consumption of certain controlled drugs, or supply or production of any controlled drug
When Should You Contact Our Specialist Criminal Solicitors?
If you are suspected of committing a crime, have been asked to attend the police station or have recently been charged, please contact us as soon as possible. Seeking legal advice at an early stage will significantly increase the prospects of a successful outcome and will ensure that your defence is properly established from the outset. Contacting us at an early stage of the investigation or immediately after charge will enable us to advise you of the cost of representation, how you ought to plead and the options available to you.
What Will Happen When You Contact Us?
When you call us regarding your case, you will be transferred to one of our Specialist Private Criminal Defence Solicitors and we will take some initial details regarding the allegation made against you. Once we have a basic understanding of the allegation, and your version of events we will be able to provide you with our initial thoughts on the options available to you and how we can assist.
We will also provide you with an indication of the likely cost to defend your case and will provide you with a fixed fee for appointing us as your legal team.
As such matters can be life changing, we cannot provide any detailed advice on how you should plead, and the strength of your case during the initial phone call. Detailed advice will be provided once we are formally instructed as your lawyers and once we have considered the evidence in the case.
Advantages of Paying Privately for a Specialist Criminal Defence Lawyer
- Expertise: There are very limited number of law firms throughout the country that only accept criminal cases on a private fee-paying basis, these lawyers will usually only accept such cases because they possess superior legal knowledge and expertise.
- Communication: Paying for legal representation privately will usually result in better and more frequent communication with your Solicitor and/pr Barrister. Lawyers paid privately will usually respond to e-mails and phone calls quickly.
- Preparation: The amount of time a lawyer spends preparing a case and considering the evidence will have an impact upon the result. Paying privately will ensure that the lawyer can spend enough time on case preparation, which will have a positive impact on the overall outcome of the case. We prepare thoroughly for each case.
- Service: Clients that instruct lawyers via private funds will receive a substantially better service than those using legal aid.
- Quality: The overall quality of legal representation from private client solicitors is significantly superior.
- Consistency: We provide all our clients with consistency and continuity, the lawyer dealing with your case will be the same person from start to finish.
How Much Will a Private Solicitor Cost Me?
Each client, and each case is individual and different, for that reason there are no set fees for our cases, because the cost will be determined by the number of offences, the nature of the offence and the evidence in the case. If you are interested in appointing us as your lawyers, please call us and we can provide you with an estimate on the cost to take your case to trial.
Our fees for representation at the First Magistrates’ Court Hearing start from £2,500+VAT and this will include a meeting with one of our lawyers, initial detailed legal advice and representation at the Magistrates’ Court.
The Process of Appointing Our Lawyers
Once you have spoken with us and been given an initial case assessment and fee for representation at the First Magistrates’ Court Hearing, if you wish to proceed with formally appointing us, please notify us as soon as possible.
A Fixed Fee invoice will be e-mailed to you and full payment of the invoice will need to be made via BACS or online transfer. Once we have received payment of the fee, a file will be opened, and an appointment will be booked for you to meet us at our offices in Birmingham, Milton Keynes or London in person so that we can discuss the allegation with you and provide you with detailed initial advice.
Our Agreed Fees for Private Crime cases start from;
£2,500 + VAT
Birmingham Head Office
1 Victoria Square
330 High Holborn
Milton Keynes Office
Milton Keynes, MK9 1BP