Drugs offences

Drugs offences are regulated under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and subsequent amendments. You can find out more about the different offences that fall under this category on this page.

Penalties for drug offences  can vary depending on factors such as the type and quantity of drugs involved, the defendant’s criminal history, and the circumstances of the offence. Sentences may range from fines and community orders to imprisonment, with more severe penalties for offences involving large quantities of drugs, drug trafficking, or repeat offenders.

If you’ve been arrested for a drug offence, it’s crucial to take appropriate steps to protect your rights and navigate the legal process effectively.

Remember that each case is unique, and the specific steps you should take may vary depending on the circumstances. It’s therefore essential to seek legal guidance tailored to your situation to ensure the best possible outcome.

Drugs Possession

The offence of possession of a controlled drug is committed when a person is unlawfully in physical possession or in control of any substance or product on the banned list.

Drug Production

Drug production occurs when a suspect participates in the process of producing illicit drugs, including manufacturing, growing, or any other method.

Possession with intent to supply (PWITS)

This is when a defendant is found in possession of a drug and the intention is then to supply it to another person.

Drugs importation

Drug importation occurs when an individual takes part in the process of importing or exporting drugs.

Drug driving

Drink and Drug driving can range from a fine to some form of Community Order, depending on a breath test result. Unless there are special reasons, a driving offence will almost certainly result in a driving ban.