If you’ve been caught in possession of a controlled substance, the Police may not yet have told you of their intentions. Where small amounts that suggest personal use only have been found, it’s possible that the Police may decide to take no further action, or to issue a caution.
The latter course may sound preferable to a prosecution, but it’s important to understand that while a Police caution is not the same thing as a conviction, it still forms part of your criminal record and may be taken by a court as evidence of ‘bad character’ if you’re subsequently prosecuted for another crime.
Some types of employment also call for Disclosure and Barring Service(DBS) checks and a caution for drugs offences may prevent you from pursuing some career options. Speaking to an experienced solicitor who can attempt to mitigate your case with the Police before they make any firm decisions is always the best option.
You should also be aware that where large amounts of controlled drugs are linked to you, lengthy custodial sentences are always an option. The majority of serious offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act are also deemed ‘lifestyle’ offences for the purposes of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and confiscation proceedings in the event of conviction are inevitable.
If the Police have linked you to any drugs offences, however minor they may seem to you, it’s essential to speak to an experienced criminal defence lawyer right away. Talk to one of Khans Solicitors’ drug offence solicitors today. Phone us on 020 8553 5995 or contact us and we’ll call you.