Drug Offences MEET THE TEAM

  • Class C

    This class contains:

    • Anabolic Steroids (NB – it is not an offence to possess this for personal use)
    • Benzodiazepines (Diazepam)
    • Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB)
    • Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL)
    • Piperazines (BZP)
    • Khat

    The penalty for possession is up to 2 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

    The penalty for supply and production is up to 14 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

  • Class B

    This class contains:

    • Amphetamines
    • Barbiturates
    • Cannabis
    • Codeine
    • Ketamine
    • Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
    • Synthetic Cathanones (eg Mephedrone, Methoxetamine)

    The penalty for possession is up to 5 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

    The penalty for supply and production is up to life in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

  • Class A

    This class contains:

    • Crack cocaine
    • Cocaine
    • Ecstasy (MDMA)
    • Heroin
    • LSD
    • Magic Mushrooms
    • Methadone
    • Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth)

    The penalty for possession is up to 7 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

    The penalty for supply and production is up to life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

  • How can DPP Law help?

    Drug offences are serious charges to be brought against a person and you will need an experienced team behind you to fight for the best result possible. Our highly experienced criminal defence solicitors will use their years of defending defendants accused of drug offences to examine the evidence against you and make sure your case is represented effectively.

    Sometimes serious drug offences may mean that the alleged offender is remanded in custody until trial. DPP Law can make representations to try to gain your freedom but if you are remanded this will in no way affect the defence that you receive.

    We will continue to examine every page of evidence and will advise you either face to face or through our video conferencing system. Everyone deserves the best defence in law and our dedicated team will make sure that you get yours.

  • What are drug offences?

    Drugs are grouped together into different classes. The classes are made up of groups of drugs, which the Government deem to be more or less serious. Class A drugs such as heroin and cocaine form the most serious group, Class B drugs such as cannabis and amphetamines form the middle group and Class C drugs such as steroids and ketamine are deemed to be the least serious.

    Possessing any drug in Class A, B or C is unlawful and therefore a criminal offence. Further to this, possessing these drugs and intending to supply them, supplying or offering to supply these drugs or allowing premises you occupy or manage to be used to produce or supply these drugs are all individual offences which are dealt with much more severely than simple possession of unlawful drugs.

    An even more serious offence is the importation or production of drugs, which can lead to prison terms in excess of 10 years.

    Less serious offences may be dealt with at the Magistrates’ Court while more serious offences will be passed to the Crown Court where the defendant will be tried in front of a jury.

    The seriousness of the penalty that you may receive for drug offences depends upon:

    • The class and quantity of the drug
    • Where you and the drugs were found
    • Any previous criminal offences
    • Any aggravating or mitigating factors