Drug trafficking is among the most serious criminal charges in Canada’s criminal system. Law enforcement and prosecutors pursue these cases aggressively. A conviction for drug trafficking can change your life forever.
If you are placed under arrest or suspect you are under an investigation for trafficking a controlled substance, you should get legal advice right away. An experienced criminal defence lawyer can explore various alternatives to defend against your drug crime charges.
The strength of a case against you may depend largely on the actions of the arresting officers, investigators and prosecutors.
For more than 20 years, I have explored legal flaws in the Crown’s case against individuals throughout Alberta, including:
Few people know, for instance, that in Alberta you have the right to refuse being searched by a police officer. I know how to bring a critical eye to how the investigation or your arrest was conducted, make appropriate challenges, as well as how to expose other flaws in your case.
The list of controlled substances in Alberta includes cocaine, marijuana, heroin, crystal meth, ecstasy, as well as OxyContin, Ketamine and other prescription drugs. Regardless of the substance, trafficking is currently defined under Canada law as nothing more than the mere delivery of an illegal drug from one person to another. It does not have to be done for money.
Often, depending on the quantity of the drug and other factors, a charge of drug possession may be raised to a charge of “possession for the purpose of sale or drug trafficking”, especially if it involves cocaine trafficking or other substances considered to be particularly dangerous, popular or addicting.
Occasionally, the police may find cellphones, scales and materials for packaging drugs during a raid or executing a search warrant. In these cases, particularly when a weapon is apprehended, the police and the Crown’s office will pursue a conviction on drug trafficking and a sentence that includes prison time.
I believe in creating an open environment of communication so I can give an honest and clear assessment to my clients when looking at all the details. Together, we will work toward pursuing a path that will minimize the consequences you are facing. I am here to answer your questions, provide support and help you through this difficult time by providing dependable criminal law advice.
If you or a family member has been arrested, charged or is under investigation, contact my office in Calgary at 403-800-7071 or toll free at 800-678-6941 to speak with a drug trafficking defence lawyer serving Canmore, Calgary, Red Deer and other jurisdictions throughout Alberta. Do not wait. Seek help today.