While drug policies are changing across the nation, being charged with a drug offense remains a serious situation that threatens your freedom and your future. You can still be charged with importing and exporting drugs, with possession, with production, or with the sale of drugs.
If you are charged with a drug offense you need a criminal defence lawyer with extensive experience in these types of cases. The team at Merchant Law has successfully navigated hundreds of cases like yours. We’re tough litigators and advocates who work hard to bring your case to its best possible outcome.
Which substances are controlled in Saskatchewan?
In Saskatchewan, and across the nation, controlled substances include (but are not limited to):
You can also be found guilty of a drug offense if you are selling prescription drugs without a license.
What are the penalties for drug offenses?
The penalties depend on the specifics of your case, the amount and type of drug you had, which drug charge you’re facing. You could see jail time, fines, or both.
The penalties may also depend on whether the Crown is assessing any aggravating factors in your case. For example, if during the course of a drug offense you used or threatened violence then your sentence may be far harsher.
Believe it or not, the lines between “possession” and “trafficking” are often thinner than you might think. There are limits between each threshold possessing even a little bit more than that limit can increase the severity of your situation in short order.
What are some defences to drug offense charges?
One defence would be to question whether the evidence in question really connects you to the drugs in any way. Another way we can weaken a drug charge is by addressing whether law enforcement engaged in a proper search and seizure.
Another defence would be to challenge whether the substance in question is an illegal drug. The tests that law enforcement uses could have returned a false positive.
We’ve even won some cases on the basis of actual innocence and mistaken identity.
Why Merchant Law?
We’ve helped hundreds of people overcome drug charges. We dig deep into your case so we can find the holes in the Crown’s. We have helped our clients get their charges dropped or dismissed. We’ve had charges reduced, or have even helped our clients avoid jail time through deferred prosecution or acquittal. We’ve helped our clients work out deals where they assist the prosecution in return for leniency as well.
We will always give you all of your options and make decisions with you. We are keen negotiators and know how to work with the crown to work your situation around to its best possible conclusion.
Drug charges can change your life for the worse. We defend your life and your rights. We treat you with respect and compassion while fighting on your behalf. If you want some of Saskatchewan’s most experienced criminal defence litigators on your side, call (306) 693-7777 today.