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Drugs Offences

Have you been accused of possession with intent to supply drugs? Or even just simple possession? Been arrested after your car or property was searched for drugs and held in a police station for questioning?

Whether you find yourself under criminal investigation or are worried about the legal representation being offered to a friend or family member, our expert drug offence solicitors can provide clear advice, a robust defence and expert legal representation when you need it most.

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Our drug offence solicitors deal with drug-related cases every day so we know how to analyse the evidence and we know the sentencing guidelines inside out. We are effectively senior consultants for drug-related cases at all levels.

We are called by clients of all ages and backgrounds, including relatives of clients. We deal with clients caught up in drug use or supply at all levels such as street dealing, supply, importation, and production right through to commercial operations at the regional, national or international levels.

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Our drug crime solicitors deal with Encrochat-level cases. We understand county lines and modern slavery defences and issues. As a major award-winning respected firm of 45 years working in the busy larger inner cities, we have substantially more experience than many of our competitor firms.

We can analyse the evidence quickly and give you a strong opinion on whether we can get your case lowered to possession-only charges rather than possession with intent to supply.

Accusations of drug dealing or conspiracy to supply drugs are very serious and carry onerous punishments. That is why it is critical that you contact us, as soon as possible, to ensure you have quality legal representation right at the outset. Whatever your situation, instructing our specialist defence solicitors quickly is vital considering the very short time period before legal representation is required in Court.

For a free initial consultation on your legal position and the available options, contact our local offices in LondonBirmingham or Manchester.

Our expert drug offence lawyers are ready to help defend you and protect your rights and interests, when you need them most.

How can we help?

Common questions

We always work with the most experienced and best leading UK barristers, KCs (Kings Counsel). We cover all criminal cases 24/7 at the police station and court. Offices in London, Birmingham, and Manchester cover cases across England and Wales. We can offer Legal Aid and affordable Private fee agreements. We can see you the same day, including virtually. Our Senior Partners supervise all of our cases.

How quickly do you respond?

We respond quickly even during out of hours. We do not get our work by paying for online adverts but based on the fact that few criminal law firms can match our 45 years of experience. Most of our cases are still from word-of-mouth recommendations from satisfied clients. We are called daily by dissatisfied clients from firms with less experience than us. We respond very quickly to new enquiries. We know what clients seek and so we update clients rapidly.

Can you get cases dropped?

Yes, read about the recent cases we've helped our clients with here.

We always keep you updated and give straightforward advice. We will get cases dropped early where the case is weak or should not be prosecuted. We will be upfront with you about where you can benefit from a good result with an early guilty plea, such as a discount on your sentence. As we work on cases across all levels with clients from all walks of life, we are excellent at giving clear, spot-on advice. As an established firm, we can allocate a whole team to your case often at short notice to secure evidence to minimise the damage to you. 

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Do you offer free consultations?

Where it is possible, we aim to provide an initial consultation to you. If we can speak to you, we can if required inform you about  –

  • Whether we can take the case on and our relevant experience.
  • Public and private funding benefits.
  • Assistance in applying for legal aid where we are likely to accept instructions.
  • An outline of options in police interview only. We will not advise you on which option to adopt.
  • Providing our free written guide explaining the police station process.
  • The gravity of routine and day-to-day offences you face.
  • Consequences of not attending the court or police station.
  • Consequences of interfering with any witnesses.
  • Retaining any evidence in support of your case.
  • If possible an outline of the elements of the offence that the police or CPS must prove.
  • This consultation will normally be by telephone or email and will only be for as long as we deem necessary to establish if we can act for you. If we cannot usefully give you any advice in this manner then we will not continue with the consultation. We will not discuss the case in depth for you to be able to decide on your plea or any significant aspect of the case, as this cannot be undertaken informally.
  • Referring you, if possible, to other firms for matters out of our specialism or if we cannot help.

Consultations do not apply to the following cases –

  • If we do not intend to take the case on.
  • Road Traffic cases, drink driving, drug driving, driving bans, speeding, no insurance, mobile phone use, points etc.
  • In all cases where we do not have the capacity to take your case or the availability of suitably qualified staff to provide an initial free consultation. This is applicable in all cases but especially where a more senior lawyer is required because of your personal needs or the complexity of the case.
  • Harassment/stalking/ coercive behaviour/malicious communications or road traffic cases and most sensitive cases. These cases are often too complicated to assess in short consultations.
  • The locations concerned may be too distant to represent you adequately or it may not be cost-effective for you or us.
  • The case is too complicated to assess or raises various charges or facts, complexity, or history to be considered informally or in a short consultation.
  • In most Legal aid transfers where legal aid is granted to another firm except in very grave cases, we may assess the case and merits for a transfer.
  • If your relationship has broken down with your existing solicitor or several solicitors.
  • If you have been released under investigation and have already had a police station attendance. 
  • If you hold legal aid with another firm and seek a second opinion.
  • If you are calling on behalf of the client as a friend or family member unless you have full authority and full facts.
  • To businesses.
  • Advising whether you were given good advice by your other solicitor.
  • Whether to decide to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Whether you have an arguable defence in law or factually complicated defences.
  • Any advice you have had after your first court appearance.
  • Any advice on appeal on conviction or sentence.
  • If we feel we are unable to communicate with you.
  • If we are likely to be conflicted or breach our professional rules.

Are you looking for solicitors specialising in drug offences?

Drug offences are taken very seriously by the police and courts and having a conviction even for simple possession can affect your travel and future job prospects. In some cases, you can also be looking at a substantial prison sentence. If the evidence is strong, we will tell you face to face and in writing so that you can secure what is known as early discount credit for an early guilty plea. Sometimes acting on early advice is what keeps you out of prison. We get suspended prison sentences in real drug cases giving you a second chance with your life and family.

For these reasons, you need committed and experienced drug offence solicitors on your side to advise and represent you, acting with all the necessary skill, speed and expertise to assist you with a robust defence. You need a top solicitor who does this work daily and knows how to work with clients who are unfortunate enough to get caught up in this world.

JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors have an excellent reputation and track record of success in assisting clients accused of drug offences across the country from our offices in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Why choose JD Spicer Zeb’s drug offence solicitors?

We have extensive experience and specialist expertise when it comes to helping our clients accused of drug related offences.

We also work with the most experienced barristers in the country and have access to a range of nationally recognised experts who can assist with drug valuation, purity, forensics, mobile and cell site evidence in support of your case.

We fully appreciate the strain and anxiety that you and your family will face throughout such proceedings. For this reason, our dedicated team of drug offence lawyers offer a professional yet sensitive service and will work with both you and your family, conscientiously and diligently to ensure that anyone you want informed is kept updated with the latest information.

What are the different types of drug offences?

There are a wide range of drug offences that you could potentially be charged for in the UK. These offences vary in their level of seriousness, and, in some cases, it is possible for multiple charges to be brought forward.

Common examples of drug offences include:

  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to supply
  • Conspiracy to supply
  • Production and cultivation
  • Importation and exportation

What is the punishment for different drug offences in the UK?

The exact punishment you could receive if you are found guilty of a drug offence will often depend on factors such as the quantity and class of drugs, as well as the surrounding circumstances of your case.

Generally, you could face a more severe punishment for drug offences for more ‘harmful’ classes of drugs. Offences involving Class A drugs are treated more seriously than offences involving Class C drugs, for example.

Pre-charge bail

If you are interviewed under caution for a drug offence, you may be subsequently released on pre-charge bail. Pre-charge bail (often referred to as being released on bail) may be granted in cases where the police require more time to complete their investigation or gather further evidence.

If you are released on pre-charge bail, you will usually be subject to various bail conditions, such as not being able to visit certain places, contact certain people and/or being required to attend the police station on a certain day.

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What type of cases do JD Spicer Zeb’s drug offence solicitors take on?

Our dedicated team of criminal solicitors in London, Birmingham and Manchester can provide a quality service at all stages of your criminal proceedings and, in particular, we will ensure that you are guided through each stage of the process and kept fully informed throughout.

We can help you with a wide range of drug related offences, including:

  • Possession of drugs
  • Possession with intent to supply drugs
  • Being concerned in the supply of drugs
  • Conspiracy to supply drugs
  • Production of drugs and cultivation of cannabis
  • Drug trafficking
  • Importation of drugs and steroids
  • County lines drug dealing offences
  • And related offences such as abstracting electricity, money laundering and any ensuing confiscation proceedings.

Possession of drugs

Under Section 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) 1971, it is a criminal offence for a person to have any type of controlled drug in their possession. Our drug offence solicitors have substantial experience in handling cases related to the alleged possession of drugs, so can offer the support you need to secure a positive outcome for your case.

Possession with intent to supply drugs

Where there is evidence that someone is in possession of a controlled drug, and there was an intention to supply it to another person, a charge of possession with intent to supply could be brought forward. This is a serious offence which carries heavy punishments, highlighting the importance of consulting our expert solicitors specialising in drug offences.

Being concerned in the supply of drugs

If it can be demonstrated that you participated in the supply of drugs in any way, you may be accused of being concerned in the supply of drugs. We have a detailed understanding of this offence and can provide you with the representation you need to secure a positive outcome.

Conspiracy to supply drugs

In this context, a conspiracy refers to an agreement to supply drugs, rather than an actual act of supplying drugs. Even if no physical supply of drugs takes place, it is still possible to be accused of conspiracy to supply. Our drug offence solicitors can help build a strong defence against these types of allegations, including conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, Class B drugs and steroids.

Production of drugs and cultivation of cannabis

Manufacturing, cultivating, or using any other method to produce a controlled drug is a serious criminal offence. Our team can help you if you are accused of the production of a drug or the cultivation of cannabis, defending your legal rights and working to secure the best available outcome for your case.

Drug trafficking

Drug trafficking covers various offences, with it generally being understood as being a multi-jurisdiction matter. Actions such as the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, supply and sale of substances that are subject to strict drug prohibition laws could fall under the umbrella of drug trafficking, which is also closely tied to other forms of serious crime. Laws on drug trafficking are strict, as are the potential sentences, so instructing a specialist drug offence solicitor is key.

Importation of drugs and steroids

Both the importation and exportation of controlled drugs are strictly prohibited. If you are linked with the importation of drugs or steroids it is essential that you have the best legal experts on your side.

County lines drug dealing offences

‘County lines’ refers to the use of children to traffic drugs into rural areas. There are several offences you can be charged with in relation to county lines drug offences, with prison sentences being a distinct possibility in many cases.  Our expert drug offence lawyers understand all of the possible defences to county lines drug charges, so can ensure no possible angle of defence is overlooked.

What kind of lawyer do I need for drug charges?

If you are accused of any type of drug offence, it is vital that you work with a lawyer who has specialist expertise in the field. This can help to ensure that you receive the highest standard of legal representation, significantly improving your chances of securing a positive outcome for your case, whether that means avoiding charges or having a sentence minimised where conviction is unavoidable.

Contact our drug offence solicitors today

If you are due to attend the police station, require urgent specialist advice, immediate representation, or wish to speak to us confidentially about drug charges, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated team of solicitors specialising in drug offences in London, Birmingham or Manchester by telephone:

Or email: solicitors@jdspicer.co.uk

Alternatively, you can fill out our quick online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

In Urgent Cases

For immediate representation and advice, you can contact our Emergency Number: 078365 77556 and our drug crime solicitors will provide you with the urgent assistance you need.

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