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Importation of Steroids
The law surrounding importing steroids is complex and many people are confused about whether they are committing a criminal offence importing steroids into the UK. While it is not illegal to carry steroids into the country for your personal use, ordering steroids over the internet is illegal, as is bringing steroids into the country to supply to others. These offences carry a maximum potential penalty of 14 years in prison or an unlimited fine.
If you have been arrested or charged with importation of steroids, the sooner you can get specialist legal advice, the better your chances of being found not guilty or even having the case dropped before it ever reaches court. At the very least, it will help you secure the minimum possible sentence. Having represented people accused of all types of drugs offences, including importation of steroids, for over 40 years, our criminal defence solicitors can offer the best possible representation for every stage of criminal proceedings.
Our expert team know how confusing and worrying it can be facing these types of serious criminal charges. We can be there for you from the point of arrest, through a police investigation and any subsequent prosecution, giving you clear legal advice, robust representation and sympathetic personal support, every step of the way.
We understand the complex nature of these cases and the various types of evidence police and prosecutors rely on, so we can provide the best possible defence, making sure any flaws in the evidence against you are quickly identified and successfully exploited.
As well respected solicitors, we are frequently able to help clients, including before you have been charged, avoid any charges brought or see charges dropped early in an investigation. If a prosecution cannot be avoided, we can make sure your case is prepared effectively and that you have the best available representation for your trial, helping you to secure a positive outcome.
If you have been arrested for, or charged with, importation of steroids, you can contact us 24-hours a day, seven days a week for an immediate free initial consultation, expert legal advice and representation. We can even be there for you before you are charged if you have any concerns.
Our lawyers speak a variety of languages and we also work with a number of accredited interpreters, so our team can offer clear legal advice in any language. We represent clients across England and Wales round the clock, meaning that whenever you need expert legal support for a steroid importation charge, we are here for you.
Need immediate legal support for an importation of steroids arrest? Our accredited Police Station Representatives and solicitors are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year using the emergency numbers listed at the top of the page.
Our expertise with importation of steroids charges
For more than 40 years, our criminal defence solicitors have defended clients against all types of drug offence charges, including importation of steroids. We therefore have the specialist experience needed to handle your case effectively from your very first contact with police through to trial and appeals where necessary.
With a highly detailed understanding of UK drug laws, we can ensure no possible angle, defence or other relevant factor is overlooked. Our tactical and strategic understanding of the law and how the criminal justice system works, provides us with a crucial tool to enable us to provide full and effective representation. This expertise means we can increase your chances of avoiding charges or receiving the minimum possible sentence on conviction.
Our team has an established relationship with many of the UK’s leading criminal defence barristers specialising in importation of steroids prosecutions, so if your case does go to trial, we can guarantee you the best available defence team.
What to do if you are arrested for importation of steroids
If you are arrested for importation of steroids, you need to know your basic legal rights. This can help you avoid the risk of saying or doing anything that could undermine your defence.
The following four key points are always worth keeping in mind:
- You do not have to answer any questions asked by the police. Whether to do so or not requires a thorough understanding of your case and how the criminal justice system works. Legal advice should be taken before saying anything.
- You should never answer any police questions without a solicitor present.
- You have the right to free legal representation.
- You can use the duty solicitor available or choose your own lawyer.
When arresting you, officers must tell you the specific offences you are accused of committing and they must caution you using the words:
“You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”
After a police interview for an importation of steroids offence, you could be:
- Released with no further action
- Released under investigation
- Detained in custody
- Charged with a specific offence
If you are charged with importation of steroids:
- A hearing date will be set
- You will either be:
- Released on bail
- Kept in custody until your court hearing
If you are released with no further action or under investigation, you could be rearrested or summonsed to attend a court hearing at any time.
Is it legal to import steroids into the UK?
It is legal to bring steroids into the UK if you are doing so for your own personal use and if you bring the drugs in yourself i.e. you physically carry them into the country yourself when returning from abroad.
However, if you are importing steroids to supply to others (whether for profit or simply sharing with friends) this is an offence. It is also an offence to have drugs imported for you by a third party, which includes ordering steroids online.
Whether any steroids you bring into the country yourself will be considered to be for personal use will depend on various factors, including the quantity of drugs you are carrying.
Penalties for importation of steroids
The maximum penalty on conviction for importation of steroids is 14 years imprisonment or an unlimited fine. Exactly what sentence you could receive will depend on various factors, including:
- The value of the steroids imported
- Your role in the offence
The higher the value of the steroids, the higher the potential sentence. If you are considered to have been acting as part of a criminal conspiracy to import steroids, then your sentence will also depend on the level of your involvement. If you are considered to have played a substantial and/or leading role, your sentence will likely be much more severe than if you are found to have played a minor and/or subordinate role in the conspiracy.
What defence is there against importation of steroids charges?
One of the most common defences against an importation of steroids charge is that the steroids in question are for your personal use. If you brought the steroids into the country yourself and can prove they are for personal use, this can see you avoid criminal charges.
If you are accused of involvement in a criminal conspiracy to import steroids, establishing your innocence, or that you only played a minor role, is often key to your defence. Achieving this may rely on various types of evidence, including mobile phone data, financial records, CCTV footage, DNA evidence, fingerprint evidence and witness testimony as required.
Thanks to our specialist expertise with these serious and complex charges, our criminal defence solicitors can ensure any flaws in the case against you are identified and that your defence is constructed and presented effectively, giving you the best chance of avoiding charges or securing the minimum available sentence.
Contact our importation of steroids defence lawyers today
For a free initial consultation, urgent specialist advice, immediate representation or to speak to us confidentially about an arrest or charges related to importation of steroids, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
You can contact our dedicated criminal defence lawyers in London, Birmingham, and Manchester by telephone on:
- Brent & Camden London Office: 020 7624 7771
- Manchester Office: 0161 835 1638
- Birmingham Office: 0121 614 3333
- City of London: 0207 624 7771 (our senior Solicitors and Partners can meet by appointment in the City)
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