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Being Concerned in the Supply of Drugs

Being concerned in the supply of drugs is a serious offence, with the potential penalties being extensive for anyone who is convicted. It is therefore crucial that you have expert legal advice and representation on your side if you find yourself in such a situation.

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At JD Spicer Zeb, we have many years of experience in advising those facing allegations of being concerned in the supply of drugs, as well as a range of other serious drug offences. With a strong record of success to demonstrate our expertise, we are perfectly positioned to support you with your legal defence through every stage of proceedings.

Our team will be able to advise you on all of the necessary steps that need to be taken to build the strongest possible defence if you are alleged to have been concerned in the supply of drugs. This can from an initial arrest, right the way through to court proceedings.

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As we have previously handled a wide range of drug-related cases, you can be certain that your personal case is in the safest pair of hands. Our advice will always be as straightforward as possible, and in plain English.

Our drug offence solicitors provide:

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If you are under investigation or have been arrested for being concerned in the supply of drugs, please get in touch with our specialist drug offence solicitors as soon as possible to discuss your situation in detail.


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Speak to our solicitors about being concerned in the supply of drugs

For a free initial consultation (subject to requirements), regarding allegations of being concerned in the supply of drugs, please call 0207 624 7771.

For urgent advice at any time of day or night, please call our Emergency Number 07836 577 556.

You can also email: solicitors@jdspicer.co.uk or fill out our online enquiry form and we will get back to you quickly.

Why choose JD Spicer’s drug offence solicitors?

Any convictions for being concerned in the supply of drugs could have a serious impact on both you and your family. This demonstrates the importance of having highly experienced criminal defence solicitors on your case to help you avoid charges, or receive a reduced sentence where conviction is unavoidable.

When instructed, our drug offence solicitors will take the time to carefully guide you through the process of defending your legal position and help to clarify what your options are likely to be moving forward.

Our team have a vast amount of experience when it comes to helping our clients accused of a variety of drug offences, including being concerned in the supply of drugs. We recognise the level of skill and speed required to provide a robust defence against these types of allegations.

To support your defence, we regularly work with the most experienced barristers in the country, as well as having access to a range of nationally recognised experts who will be able to assist with issues that are likely to have a significant bearing on your case. This could include drug valuation, purity, forensics and mobile data to support your case.

If you are accused of being concerned in the supply of drugs, we understand how difficult the situation is likely to be for you and your family. Our dedicated drug offence solicitors therefore offer a professional yet sensitive service, providing comprehensive support to ensure you are fully updated on the progress of your case at all times.

As a testament to our strong commitment to client care and focus, we receive many referrals and recommendations from clients who have been satisfied with our legal services. Our team have been well established for over 45 years.

Common questions about being concerned in the supply of drugs

What does being concerned in the supply of drugs mean?

Being concerned in the supply of drugs is a specific drug offence that is referenced under Section 4(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

For someone to be concerned with the supply of drugs, the prosecution must be able to demonstrate that they made an identifiable act of participation in a deal. What is considered to be ‘participation’ varies. It could include activities which are at both the centre and fringes of dealing in controlled drugs.

Anything from acting as a financier, courier, go-between, advertiser, packer, or look-out could be described as being concerned in the supply of drugs. To gain a conviction, the prosecution will seek to prove that the alleged offender was aware drugs were being supplied, and they subsequently acted on that knowledge.

It is important to note that, with concern to supply drugs legislation, prosecutors do not need to prove that you actually produced drugs or had drugs in your possession to be able to convict.

How does being concerned in the supply of drugs differ from conspiracy to supply?

Understandably, there is often some confusion over the differences between the various drug offences that someone could be convicted for. This includes the blurred lines between being concerned in the supply of drugs and conspiracy to supply.

The primary difference is the fact that a ‘conspiracy’ relates to the actions of more than one person. There needs to have been an agreement in place between more than one person to commit the crime. A charge of being concerned in the supply of drugs can relate to just one person.

What is the sentence for being concerned in the supply of drugs?

The sentence for being concerned in the supply of drugs can vary significantly depending on a number of factors.

The maximum sentence you could potentially receive for being concerned in the supply of drugs is life imprisonment. This will typically be in cases where you are accused of concern to supply Class A drugs.

Concern to supply Class A sentences in the UK are always likely to be treated seriously by the prosecution. For example, concern to supply Class A drugs sentences in the UK will be harsher than concern to supply Class B drugs.

The minimum sentence you could receive will often be a Band A fine and a medium level community order. It is important to remember, however, that this minimum sentence will likely only be handed out in cases involving Class C drugs, and where the offender’s harm and culpability (discussed below) are considered to be low.

What are the concerned in the supply of drugs sentencing guidelines?

The sentencing guidelines for being concerned in the supply of drugs is complex. In every case, the alleged offender’s culpability and the harm caused are taken into account.

Culpability focuses on someone’s perceived role in relation to the offence that has allegedly been committed. It is used to determine whether someone took a leading, significant, or lesser role. The more substantial the role, the more serious a sentence is likely to be.

Harm is based on the product itself. It involves factors such as the weight and quantity of the product. There are four categories of harm, with the highest level of harm being category 1. The type of drug is also taken into consideration.

In addition to this, the court are also likely to consider various aggravating or mitigating factors.

Common aggravating factors which could increase the severity of a sentence include:

  • Prior convictions
  • Offence committed on bail
  • Exploitation of children or vulnerable persons
  • Exercising control over home of another person

Common mitigating factors which could decrease the severity of a sentence include:

  • No previous convictions
  • Good character and/or exemplary conduct
  • Age and/or lack of maturity
  • Mental disorder or learning disability
  • Involvement due to pressure, intimidation or threats
  • Mistaken belief about the type of drug

Contact our drug offence solicitors today

For urgent free initial consultation (subject to requirements), immediate representation, or urgent advice about allegations of being concerned in the supply of drugs, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our specialist drug offence solicitors.

You can contact a member of our dedicated team of drug offence solicitors in London, Birmingham, and Manchester by telephone on:

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.

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Please get in touch for a free initial consultation with one of our expert drug offence solicitors, as well as immediate representation and advice related to being concerned in the supply of drugs.

We are available to represent clients all over England and Wales at any time, so please contact our Emergency Number 07836 577 556.


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