If you have been charged with a class A drug offence working with a lawyer that regularly defends these cases in court is a must. You will need legal representation that can be there for you at every stage of the proceedings including being on call for emergencies 247/365 to come and provide counsel at the police station, as well as your court appearances.
In the UK, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 contains three types of classifications for controlled substances – A, B, and C. Class A substances are the ones that have the strictest controls because they are drugs that can cause the biggest harm to the individual and society.
Class A drugs include cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), magic mushrooms, LSD, methamphetamine, and heroin. Since class A drugs are considered the most dangerous, convictions involving them will as a rule have more serious consequences than those concerned B drugs like cannabis, ketamine, and amphetamines, or C drugs like Anabolic steroids, gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), and khat.
Conspiracy to supply a class A drug in the UK is a charge that relates to agreeing to provide drugs to another person or persons. The conspiracy part relates to the agreement between these persons to commit a criminal offence.
While the supply part concerns the transfer of possession of a class A substance from one person to another. This can apply to a range of situations from one person giving a friend an ecstasy tablet in a club, to an organised supply and distribution network.
The problem is that both conspiracy and supply can be interpreted in different ways by the prosecution, which means those in the wrong place at the wrong time, or those associating with the wrong people can be drawn into a conspiracy to supply a class A charge, even while innocent. Fortunately, our experienced and incisive criminal law team are experts at demonstrating to the court where these terms are being wrongly used, often resulting in a reduction or full dismissal of the charge.
‘Concerned in the supply of class A drugs’ differs from a conspiracy to supply a class A charge. It is often applied to those accused of being involved in the chain of supply including couriers, go-betweens, and those financing the deals.
However, as our criminal law experts know, the onus is on the Prosecution to prove that the defendant knew that drugs were involved and that they acted with full knowledge of this. This can allow the expert legal team at J D Solicitors to create an effective defence based on the fact that our client was unaware of the deal taking place.
The Sentencing Council Drugs Offences Definitive Guidelines will define the punishment offenders will receive. Although, even within the category of class A drug offences sentences will differ depending on the levels of culpability and harm involved in the offence, as well as aggravating and mitigating factors.
Here at JD Solicitors, our criminal law team is well versed in leveraging mitigating to reduce your sentence. These factors may include what kind of benefit you received from the conspiracy if any, the extent of your knowledge about the deal, and whether you were being threatened by others to be involved. Our aim is always to ensure the most positive outcome at every stage of your trial including the sentencing.