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Drug Charges in Cornwall – What to do Next?

Are you facing drug charges in Cornwall? If that is the case, you have every right to be worried about what happens next. However, your fears can be significantly lessened with the help of a lawyer from Aitken Robertson’s law firm.

What Can Aitken Robertson Do For Me?

Well, first things first. We assess your case. Right off the bat, we let you know whether or not there is a strong case against you or even a case at all. You could have been charged with a drug offence for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is our job to determine the strengths and weaknesses of your case.

We explain the charges to you. We let you know the potential penalties you may face if found guilty. We let you know about appeal options. We demonstrate where under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the specific drugs you were charged with fall. This is relevant as it determines the seriousness of the charges and the particular penalties associated with it.

We explain the process that is to unfold in detail. We answer all of your questions and give you a breakdown of how we plan to approach your case. In essence, we are your advocates. We do what we need to in order to attain the best possible results.

The Law on Drugs

There are a lot of legal nuances that come into play when it comes to drug offences. That is why people charged with drug offences often contact a lawyer. We have been trained both academically and practically in defending against drug related charges.

For example, let’s say you were charged with possession of a particular type of drug. You have to understand what possession means in legal terms. Personal possession refers to the drug being on your person or in your immediate vicinity. This is a determination made by the police before charges are laid. It then becomes the responsibility of the Crown prosecutor assigned to your case to prove the offence. To do so, the Crown prosecutor would have to, beyond a reasonable doubt, show the following elements were present in your case:

  • That you had physical possession or custody of the prohibited drug;
  • That you knew that you physically possessed the prohibited drug;
  • That you intended to possess the drug;
  • That the drug is a prohibited drug under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

 

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