Toronto Drug Lawyer & Brampton Drug Trafficking Lawyer
We Are Toronto Drug Offences Attourneys | 25 Years Experience Defending Narcotic Allegations
An arrest for drug trafficking usually follows a long investigation. But if law enforcement overstepped its authority or relied on bad information, it may be possible to escape conviction or reduce the impact.
“I am a criminal defense lawyer committed to protecting your rights if you are facing serious drug charges. My over 25 years of experience includes experience as a criminal lawyer in Ontario.” — Michael McKee
If you’ve been arrested for drug trafficking or drug sales in Ontario, you’re facing decades in prison and fines in the tens of thousands. When the charges are this serious, you can’t afford to go against the prosecution alone. The criminal defense lawyers of Richmond Hill have over 25 years of experience aggressively fighting narcotics charges on behalf of Toronto, Brampton, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Oshawa and Barrie residents, and offer free initial consultations to all new clients.
Toronto Drug Lawyer & Drug Trafficking Lawyer Ontario Canada Shares Expert Defense Tips With Advice
Our law firm provides a diligent defense of all drug crimes from simple possession to drug trafficking of heroin or cocaine. Some of the drug crimes and aggravating factors we handle include:
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Participation in a Conspiracy
Driving While Ability Impaired
Proximity to a School Zone
Intent to Distribute
Drug Smuggling or Drug Trafficking
Federal Narcotics Charges
Use of a Weapon in Connection with a Drug Offense
Defense Strategies in Ontario’s Drug Crimes Cases
While the defense strategy our law firm will use to defend your freedom and reputation will depend on the specific charges and surrounding facts and circumstances, some of the defenses we might use could include:
Seeking suppression of drugs or other evidence obtained in an unlawful search of your person, car, home, or business
Arguing possession for personal use rather than distribution
Suppression of illegally obtained incriminating statements
Proving lack of control over or knowledge of the drugs
Attacking the credibility of witnesses
Revealing chain of custody violations involving the drugs
Exposing unreliable lab testing results
Revealing failure of the prosecutor to prove every element of the offense
Establishing inconsistencies regarding the amount (simple possession v. intent to distribute)
Admittedly, this list only includes a small sampling of the potential defense strategies Richmond Hill drug crimes lawyer Michael McKee might employ to obtain a dismissal of your charges or an acquittal at trial. In appropriate cases, Michael McKee might seek a favorable plea agreement, which could involve drug treatment and rehabilitation rather than incarceration. However, our first consideration always involves a thorough analysis of options to obtain an acquittal or dismissal.
All Drug charges are serious. Always seek counsel from an Experienced Criminal Lawyer.
Controlled Drug and Substances Act: Trafficking in Substance
TRAFFICKING IN SUBSTANCE/ Possession for purpose of trafficking/ Punishment/ Punishment in respect of specified substance/ Interpretation/ Idem.
5. (1) No person shall traffic in a substance included in Schedule I, II, III, or IV or in any substance represented or held out by that person to be such a substance.
(2) No person shall, for the purpose of trafficking, possess a substance included in Schedule I, II, III, or IV.
(3) Every person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2)
(a) subject to paragraph (a.1), if the subject mattter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule I or II, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life, and
(i) to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of one year if the
(A) the person committed the offence for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a criminal organization, as defined in subsection 467.1(1) of the CRIMINAL CODE.
(B) the person used or threatened to use violence in committing the offence,
(C) the person carried, or used or threatened to use a weapon in committing the offence, or
(D) The person was convicted f a designated substance offence, or had served a term of imprisonment for a designated substance offence, within the previous 10 years, or
(ii) to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of two years if
(A) the person committed the offence in or near a school, on a or near school grounds or in or near any other public place usually frequented by persons under the age of 18 years,
(B) the person committed the offence in a prison, as defined in section 2 of the CRIMINAL CODE, or on its grounds, or
(C) the person used the services of a person under the age of 18 years, or involved such a person, in committing the offence;
(a.1) if the subject matter of the offence is a substance included in SCHEDULE II in an amount that is not more then the amount set out for that substance in Schedule VII, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of no more than five years less a day;
(b) where the subject-matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule III,
(i) is guilty of an indictable offence and laible to imprisonment for a term not exceeding tern years, or
(ii) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months; and
(c) where the subject-matter of the offence is a substance included in Schedule IV,
(i) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or
(ii) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.
(4) [Repealed. 2012, c. 1, s. 39(2).]
(5) for the purposes of applying subsection (3) in respect of an offence under subsection (1), a reference to a substance included in Schedule I, II, III, or IV includes a reference to any substance represented or held out to be a substance included in that Schedule.
(6) For the purposes of paragraph (3)(a.1) and Schedule VII, the amount of the substance means the entire amount of any mixture or substance, or the whole of any plant, that contains a detectable amount of the substance.
All drug related crimes should be taken seriously.
Given the complexity of drug offences, it is imperative to have a lawyer with the knowledge, experience and track record to ensure you have the best legal representation possible.
We are committed to defending drug related charges for 25 years and can review the details of you case anytime. Get good advice from Toronto Drug Lawyers as soon as you can to ensure the best possible defense can be crafted.
Our firm has successfully represented hundreds of individuals facing drug offences. Call Lawyer Plug at 647-490-7660 if you or a loved one has been charged. We are here to help 24/7.
Drug possession and trafficking charges are brought under the Controlled Drugs & Substances Act (CDSA) and include:
1. Simple possession of a controlled substance
2. Possession for the purpose of trafficking
3. Possession for the purpose of importing or exporting a controlled substance
4. Trafficking in a controlled substance
5. Importing or exporting a controlled substance
6. Production of a controlled substance
Understand what is at stake if you are convicted.
Drug and trafficking charges for substances like cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, and heroin and fentanyl are serious and should be addressed by a lawyer as soon as you become aware of the fact that you have been charged or are under investigation. The Federal Crown pursues these charges aggressively and a conviction for some of these offences may result in some of the most severe penalties and lengthy terms of imprisonment available. Moreover, a conviction for any criminal offence will result in a criminal record, which can negatively impact many areas of your life including your reputation, your ability to maintain or obtain employment, and your ability to travel to other countries like the United States.
Do not delay when it comes to your defence and safety.
Now is not the time to delay! Your reputation, future, and freedom are too important. In all cases, you are well advised to immediately speak with Lawyer Plug so we can evaluate your case, get your side of the story, and relentlessly defend you against your charges.
We are active all over the Web.
Visit our Blog section for latest content on web platform and Facebook for Social Media videos and Articles. We are Also on YouTube with Videos that you can view and share with others if you feel they can help.