Drugs Offences: How can I defend myself?
If you’ve been accused of a drug offence, everything you do could be seen as evidence in the eyes of the courts. This means that it’s vital to be aware of what you say and how you act, both at the police station and in the courtroom, even if you have hired a solicitor.
Here are some tips to consider when defending yourself against a drugs charge.
Always be truthful
As tempting as it may be to be dishonest when caught with drugs on your person, refrain from telling lies. Most police officers have heard it all before, and the evidence presented in the courtroom will most likely tell the jury otherwise. If you’re caught being dishonest, you could find yourself facing a much harsher sentence, so it’s important to always tell the truth, no matter how incriminating it may seem to you at the time.
Be open about your ability to pay a fine
If you’re facing a fine for your crimes, it’s important to be up front about your ability to pay what you owe. Tell the court about your occupation, how much you earn on a weekly or monthly basis, your outgoings, any other debts you have and how many people depend on your wage.
Do not speak to anyone other than your solicitor about your case
So that the police can identify you, it’s important to provide them with your name, address and date of birth. However, you are not required by law to provide an answer to any other questions they may ask.
The relationship between a solicitor and client is confidential, meaning that anything you say to them cannot be repeated to anyone else, unless you authorise them to. However, if you begin to discuss your case with a friend or family member, or you allow them to be party to a meeting with you and your solicitor, the police may ask your friend what was said in the meeting. It’s also possible for that person to be called as a witness in your drugs trial.
Do not argue with your penalty
If the courts hand down a penalty or sentence that you do not agree with, we strongly advise to graciously accept the result, and look into appealing it later on. Standing and arguing with the judge will only serve to further aggravate the situation, and you could even be looking at another charge if things get out of hand.
Gather character references
Well drafted character references should paint a picture of your character. They should be written formally and may include:
- If the defendant is sorry for what they have done.
- Any examples of good character, i.e. a recent action that shows kindness and/or credibility.
- Their reputation within the community.
- The writer’s personal opinion of the person.
- If the defendant helps out in the community with voluntary work.
If you have any questions regarding drug charges, or would like one of our expert solicitors to represent your case, contact us today.