Drug offences are treated very seriously in Ontario and throughout Canada and are thus vigorously prosecuted, carrying severe penalties upon conviction. In addition to jail time and fines, a conviction on a drug offence can cause irreparable damage to your career, your reputation, and your personal life, limiting your future employment and educational opportunities as well as your ability to travel, to the U.S. in particular. An individual facing a drug charge needs to understand that they are facing a potentially life-changing ordeal.
Drug charges come in many forms and involve any number of controlled substances. Each type of drug charge carries its own penalties and presents its own legal elements which can create difficult procedural and evidentiary challenges for defendants. Examples of drug offences include simple possession, possession for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking itself, the manufacturing, production or cultivation of drugs or drug paraphernalia, the export or import of drugs, conspiracy to commit any sort of drug crime, and the unlawful possession of prescription drugs. As set forth in the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, Canadian laws deal with many different kinds of controlled substances, including marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, methamphetamine, prescription medications, and many others.
In order to navigate the complex procedural issues vital to a successful defence against drug charges, you need an experienced criminal defence lawyer who has a full understanding of the process as well as a mastery of the rules of evidence. An experienced criminal lawyer can assist in securing your release on bail while you await your trial, can identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and prepare the best possible defence and, if circumstances warrant, explore the possibility of a plea bargain (which may reduce the charges or penalties you face). At every phase of the case, your lawyer will keep you abreast of your options and will make sure that your legal rights are protected in order to achieve the best available outcome for you. Regardless of the kind of drug charge you may be facing, don’t face it without a skilled criminal defence lawyer.
Since 1996, the law firm of Mitch Engel, Barrister & Solicitor has been providing clients throughout the Oshawa, Brampton, and Mississauga areas with top-level criminal defence representation, including the representation of individuals charged with drug offences. Mitch focuses exclusively on criminal law and his extensive experience has given him excellent insight and strategic instincts about how to prepare and present the best possible defence in each unique case. His commitment to integrity, his passion and professionalism, and his excellent track record have earned him the respect of clients, colleagues, and courts throughout the Toronto area. A strong and zealous advocate, Mitch Engel stays available to his clients 24/7 and works on a block fee basis, meaning that his clients pay an initial retainer, which is then applied toward a fee for his services. He understands that his clients are making an investment in him, and works tirelessly to earn their trust and provide the advice and guidance they need. Call Mitch at (866) 761-7077 to get the legal advice you need to reclaim your life.