A conviction for drug possession in Alberta can cause long-lasting consequences to your life and reputation. Just the simple fact of having a criminal record can make it difficult to find employment, cross international borders and even obtain a loan. That is why it is important to defend yourself against drug charges with the help of an experienced criminal defence lawyer.
I am barrister Jack Kelly. For more than 20 years, I have been dedicated to defending individuals facing serious drug possession charges and other criminal allegations in Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge and throughout Alberta.
You can be accused of possessing a number of illegal substances in Alberta, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, crystal meth, ecstasy, OxyContin, Ketamine and other prescription or restricted drugs. Even the possession of small amounts of these substances can lead to a conviction.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, the prosecution may elevate the charges against you from possession to possession for sale and drug trafficking. If you are accused of a weapon charge in addition to your drug crime, the penalties you face will be more severe.
The reality is that conviction on any of these charges, whether you are charged with possessing a small amount of marijuana or trafficking a large amount of narcotics, may carry heavy penalties in Alberta, including fines, court-ordered treatment programs and lengthy prison sentences.
I understand the gravity of the situation and I will take immediate action to protect your rights and your future. I am a lawyer who understands how to handle complex cases where multiple charges and issues must be addressed through thorough investigation and effective challenges.
In Alberta, the Crown must prove that you had knowledge about and control over the illegal substance you are accused of possessing. It may be possible to prove, through evidence and witness testimony, that you did not have knowledge or control. In some cases, the police may have acted illegally when searching for the drugs or arresting you.
If these defences are not available to you, there are still other ways to reduce your charges and the potential penalties. I am extremely thorough in my approach and will look at every detail when working on your case to help minimize any consequences.
It cannot be emphasized enough. Anyone facing these charges should seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defence lawyer as soon as possible.
If you or a family member has been arrested or charged on drug charges, contact my office in Calgary at 403-800-7071 or toll free at 800-678-6941 to speak with a drug possession defence lawyer.