A Calgary Defence Lawyer's Advice When You're Facing Drug Charges
For decades, drugs in Calgary were dealt with purely as a criminal justice issues. Drugs are against the law, therefore anyone using them is a criminal, plain and simple. That's how the Calgary Police, the Crown prosecutors, and society at large saw things.
Fortunately, times are changing. Drug abuse is now being increasingly seen as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice issues, and society is beginning to understand that recreational drug use is something some responsible adults choose to engage in. Laws and law enforcement attitudes have been slower to shift, though; despite the promised legalization of marijuana at the federal level, it is still entirely possible for you to find yourself facing drug charges in Calgary for possessing marijuana. When it comes to other drugs like cocaine and opiates, you're facing more certain and possibly more serious criminal charges and penalties.
Right or wrong, like it or not, drugs are still very much against the law in Calgary, and it's all too easy to find yourself facing a drug-related charged. If you find yourself in that position, here are three tips from a Calgary defence lawyer with years of experience handling drug offence cases.
1. Make Sure you Do Not Have Any Illegal Drugs in Your Possession
If you've been arrested and/or charged for illegal drug possession, whether or not you believe the charge is based on facts, it is in your best interests to ensure you are not in possession of any other illegal substances. If you are a recreational drug user, you should stop using immediately. Do not purchase any illicit substances, and make sure there are no such substances in your home, car, or place of business.
2. Seek Help from Calgary Medical Professionals for Drug Dependencies
If you have a drug dependency issue and would experience difficulty in stopping your drug use, seek help from a licensed drug treatment facility. There are many inpatient and outpatient treatment centers in the Calgary area, and they can help you move past your drug dependency and towards a healthier future that is more within your control. Your Calgary defence lawyer may be able to help you locate and contact a suitable facility.
3. Contact an Experienced Calgary Defence Lawyer As Soon As Possible
The best way to protect your rights and interests following an arrest for drug-related charges or after having charges laid against you is to contact a defence lawyer immediately. Your lawyer can support you if you are questioned by the Calgary Police or other law enforcement, can represent you in discussions with the Crown prosecutor, and can be by your side throughout your defence trial, should your case come to that. A Calgary defence lawyer with experience handling drug-related charges is your best asset when defending yourself against accusations of drug-related crimes.
If you are facing drug-related charges in Calgary and would like to consult with a lawyer, please contact my office for a free initial interview.