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Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs

At JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors, we have over 40 years’ experience in advising clients who have been charged with serious drug offences.  We have an impressive track record of having dealt with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs cases at all stages and are specialists in defending charges related to drug offences. 

We represent clients accused in these cases from all walks of life. We receive a lot of work by word of mouth referrals from other clients as result of our reputation for first class representation .

  • Have your friends or family been arrested?
  • Are you required to attend the police station by appointment?
  • Bailed to return to the police station?
  • Charged to attend court?
  • Received a postal summons or requisition?

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

Our team of lawyers are knowledgeable and work in the local courts. We have an excellent reputation for first class representation and our clients continue to recommend us.

We are on standby to attend the police station 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Our representatives are fully trained and deal with these cases frequently. We will give you the best advice for your case.

Our expert Solicitors have an in-depth understanding of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and have also developed relationships with some of the most highly skilled criminal barristers in the UK who we can instruct to represent you.  We will do whatever it takes to secure the best outcome in your case; providing support to you and your family from arrest to trial.

We have offices in London, Birmingham, and Manchester and our team can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency legal advice and representation.  If you have been arrested for conspiracy to supply class A drugs, it is crucial to contact us immediately so we can influence the case in your favour from the outset.

Led by Senior partner, Umar Zeb, our team can represent you in the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court.  In addition, our team can provide 24-hour police station representation.  Because anything you say or do upon arrest can affect the outcome of your criminal matter, we provide expert advice at a crucial time, ensuring your best interests are always protected.

As a Lexcel accredited law firm, JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors we meet the uppermost levels of excellent management and customer care set by the Law Society of England and Wales.  In addition, we were awarded the Law Society Excellence in Practice Management Award in 2012.  Our team of Solicitors speak multiple languages, and we have approved external interpreters who can assist us should we not speak your first language in-house.  By instructing us, you can be assured of receiving some of the most comprehensive, high-quality legal advice and representation in the country.

Why are controlled drugs classified as Class A, B, and C drugs?

In the UK controlled drugs are classified as class A, B, or C.  This allows them to be differentiated regarding the potential harm each drug can cause, not only to individuals but to society as a whole. 

  • Examples of a class A drug include: Crack cocaine, cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), heroin, LSD, magic mushrooms, methadone, and methamphetamine (crystal meth).
  • Examples of a class B drug include: Amphetamines, barbiturates, cannabis, codeine, methylphenidate (Ritalin), synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones (e.g. mephedrone), and ketamine.
  • Examples of a class C drug include: Anabolic steroids, benzodiazepines (diazepam), gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), piperazines (BZP), and khat.

What is ‘conspiracy’?

Conspiracy is an ‘agreement’ between people to commit a crime.  The term ‘agreement’ is not defined by legislation and can be interpreted widely.  This means simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time can result in a person being deemed as ‘conspiring’ to commit an offence.

Our criminal defence solicitors have represented people who have been wrongly accused of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.  The Prosecution can take advantage of the wide definition of ‘agreement’ and charge those on the basis of social media conversations or text messages.  We have successfully argued to the Court that our clients have not in fact conspired to commit a crime and gained an acquittal.

What is meant by ‘supply’?

Supplying a class A drug means passing possession from one person to another.  No commercial element is needed; therefore, simply giving ecstasy tablets to a friend in a nightclub can amount to supply for the purposes of criminal charges.  Supply also includes distributing; in a chain, each transfer between one person to another will be classed as a separate act of supply, even if the distributor receives no benefit for their actions.

If you have been charged with conspiracy to supply a class A drug, we will examine all the evidence against you and attempt to either have the charge dismissed, or have it reduced to a lesser charge, such as possession of a controlled drug.

How is ‘being concerned’ in the supply of class A drugs defined?

To be ‘concerned’ with the supply of class A drugs, the Prosecution needs to prove, beyond reasonable doubt, an identifiable act of participation in the deal.   Participation is defined widely to cover many activities both at the centre and on the fringes of dealing in controlled drugs.  It encompasses the acts of financiers, couriers and other go-betweens, look-outs, advertisers, agents, and links in the chain of supply and those involved in the division of bulk drugs, reducing the purity, the separation and division into deals and the weighing and packaging of supplies.  This reflects the fact that conspirators can play very different roles in a drug deal.

To gain a conviction, the Prosecution needs to show that you were aware drugs were being supplied and acted with that knowledge.  This provides us with the opportunity to create a defence around the fact you were unaware a deal was taking place.

Does the Prosecution have to prove I had drugs on me to prove a charge of conspiracy to supply class A drugs?

No drugs need to be found on you for you to be convicted of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, which is why it is crucial to seek expert legal advice immediately.  Often the Prosecution’s evidence is circumstantial, relying on the close relationship you have with fellow conspirators, phone calls, and social media messages, you being in certain places at key times, and audio from listening devices placed in the houses or business premises of conspirators.  At JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors, we have the experience and expertise in criminal law required to robustly challenge circumstantial evidence, placing considerable doubt in the mind of the jury, so they are unable to convict. 

What should I do if my assets are frozen?

In cases involving conspiracy to supply class A drugs, the prosecution will often seek to place a Restraint Order over your assets, pending the outcome of the trial.  This can be financially crippling, not only for you, but for your family and innocent third parties.  We can quickly act on any Restrain Order placed, challenging its validity and applying to have it dismissed or varied.

What is the sentence if I am convicted for conspiracy to supply a class A drug?

If you are convicted, the judge will apply the Sentencing Council Drugs Offences Definitive Guideline.  These focus on culpability and harm and approaches sentencing by categorising the offences based on the quantity of the drugs involved, and cross-referencing that with the role that you have been convicted of playing in the offence. This information gives the Judge a starting point for the sentence range.  He or she will then look at any aggravating or mitigating factors. 

Our criminal defence team can successfully present a series of mitigating factors to the Court, especially around matters such as:

  • whether you knew the extent of the supply/deal
  • the benefit you gained from your part in the conspiracy
  • whether you were being directed by others and felt in danger
  • other vulnerabilities relating to your circumstances

These factors can play a large role in having the starting point of the sentence reduced.  We will provide you with the advice and legal representation to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Contact our criminal law defence solicitors today

If you have been charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A drug, immediate legal advice and representation are needed.  For urgent support or to speak to us confidentially about any criminal matter, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated team of criminal defence lawyers in London, Birmingham, and Manchester by telephone:

  • City of London: 0207 624 7771 - our senior Solicitors and Partners can meet by appointment in the City.
  • Camden Office: 020 7624 7771
  • Manchester Office: 0161 835 1638
  • Birmingham Office: 0121 614 3333

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: 07836 577 556, and we will provide you with the urgent assistance you need.

 

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