Drug Charge in Calgary? Contact a Defence Lawyer
Whether it's in your house, in your pocket, or even in a friend's backpack that was left in your car, if there are drugs or other controlled substances in what the Calgary Police consider your possession, you can be charged with a criminal drug offence. Drug charges remain among the most common criminal offences brought before the Calgary courts, and are an even more common cause for arrests by the Calgary Police.
Many people who are charged with simple drug possession in Calgary attempt to provide their own defence without contacting a Calgary criminal defence lawyer. While this is something anyone is allowed to do, the Charter of Canadian Rights and Freedoms, part of the highest body of law in the land, entitles all those accused of a crime to consult with a lawyer for a reason. The Charter understands that the average citizen simply doesn't possess adequate knowledge to provide themselves with a full and effective defence; defence lawyers exist precisely to fill this gap and to make sure everyone gets a fair shot.
If you feel your drug charge isn't very serious, consider the following.
All Drug Offences Can Result in Jail Time
There are two basic types of criminal offences in Canadian law: summary conviction offences and indictable offences. Indictable offences are considered more serious crimes, and carry the potential for more serious penalties following a conviction, including possibly years in jail. Most charges for drug possession don't meet the criteria necessary to proceed as indictable offences, however drug trafficking (i.e. selling drugs and/or transporting drugs for the purposes of a sale) and possession of certain amounts or in specific circumstances can result in an indictable offence.
Drug charges proceeding as summary convictions offences are far more common, but that doesn't mean defending yourself against these charges is simpler or that these cases can be handled lightly. Even a summary conviction offence can land you in jail for up to six months if you're convicted, and you could also face a fine of up to $5,000. These are significant, serious consequences; it's important to make use of every opportunity you have in order to limit your exposure to the risks of these penalties. A criminal defence lawyer is one of the best opportunities that will come your way, and one that you are always entitled to.
Compassion and Experience in One Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyer
Susan Karpa has been practicing criminal defence law in Calgary for years, and is dedicated to ensuring everyone receives the best chance possible at putting their charges behind them quickly and completely. There is no criminal charge she doesn't take seriously, and there is no one accused of a crime, including drug-related offences, that she doesn't approach with compassion, understanding, and a commitment.
If you or a family member has been charged with a drug-related offence in Calgary and you would like a free consultation with an experienced Calgary criminal defence lawyer, contact Susan Karpa today.