Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Charges 2016-10-24T11:59:08+00:00

Our lawyers are experienced in defending drug trafficking, possession, production, and importation of controlled substances.

drugs charges lawyer torontoIf you are in need of a lawyer for drug possession, trafficking, or importing, Robichaud’s criminal defence lawyers have the experience and knowledge to properly represent you.

Call us at (416) 999-8389 to schedule an initial consultation at no cost.

Let us explain to you how we can assist with your drug charges.

Defending drugs charges in Canada:

Drug offences in Canada are prosecuted under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.  Depending on the nature of the offence and drug, the consequences can range from absolute discharges to very lengthy penitentiary sentences.

Drug charges typically come down to two central issues: legal “possession” and/or the manner in which the police obtained the drugs.  There are many other defences that also apply such as proof of the nature of the substance, whether or not the drug was possessed with a purpose to traffic, or whether or not a particular activity took place.  Needless to say, the law is complicated and having a lawyer who knows how the Crown prosecutes such offences and the defences that apply are invaluable.

Robichaud’s offers experienced lawyers with proven results in defending drugs possession, trafficking, and importation.

Call Robichaud’s today and speak to one of our lawyers who can assist you in obtaining the best result possible in the circumstances.  Drug trafficking charges are extremely serious, but effectively defending clients charged with these offense is what we at Robichaud’s do.  We can help.

It is unwise to do anything in criminal court without first seeking and obtaining legal advice from an experienced lawyer.  It is even more unwise to plead guilty without proper legal advice.  Only a skilled and experienced lawyer with experience in the areas of trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking can offer you the legal services you require.

Being charged with trafficking drugs, or “trafficking a controlled substance”, or the similar offences “possession for the purpose of trafficking” allegations is very serious offence in the Canadian justice system.  Obtaining proper legal representation is the first step to address these issues effectively.

Examples of our lawyers’ past experience in defending drug charges:

Charges: Possession of Cocaine For The Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Ecstasy, Possession of Proceeds of Crime, etc. Allegations: Police get disturbance/trespassers calls from concerned family members regarding father’s drug abuse. Family members claim that drug dealers present in home and to investigate. Police attend residence and upon entering notice several police run to bathroom. Upon search of bathroom, a large amount of cocaine is found. All parties charges with various offences. Matter proceeds to Superior Court.

Result: Client found not guilty of serious offences and guilty to sole count of included offence of simple possession of cocaine (for substance found on his person). Fined $500.00.

Charges: Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Crack Cocaine, etc. Allegations: Gun and drugs found in residence of alleged girlfriend. Argument raised that there was no evidence linking this particular accused, other than his generic name, to the apartment where the gun and drugs were found.

Result: Motion granted: All charges dismissed at preliminary inquiry.

Charges: Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking. Allegations: Police observe suspicious activity in a well known area for drug trafficking and prostitution and investigate male. Upon investigation, police find 3 grams of cocaine.

Result: All charges withdrawn after accused completes community service home.

Charges: Possession of Marijuana. Allegations: Friends attend up north for camping trip and police discover substantial amount of marijuana in the vehicle and on their person.

Result: Charges withdrawn upon completion of community service home.

Charges: Possession of Marijuana .Allegations: University graduate caught with a small amount of marijuana.

Result: All charges withdrawn.

Charges: Possession of Loaded Restricted Firearm x 2, Careless Storage of Ammunition, Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, Production of Marijuana, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Possession of Proceeds of Crime, etc. Allegations: Major police undercover project on various figures throughout the GTA allegedly uncovers conspiracies to import drugs into Canada vis a vis Mexican nationals. Warrants are executed throughout the golden horseshoe. Upon search of AC’s residence, police allegedly discover firearms, cocaine, MDMA, a grow operation in the basement, weapons, a large amount of currency, etc.

Result: After many months of being before courts and various proceedings and constitutional motions, the prosecutor agrees to accept a guilty plea to the drug related offences of cultivation and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and proceeds. Firearms and other offences withdrawn. Client receives an 8 month conditional sentence: 4 months house arrest with exceptions for work and school, the remaining 4 months to be served under a curfew. All remaining counts against him and two family members were withdrawn.

Charges: Possession of Marijuana, Fail to Comply with Recognizance, Criminal Harassment, etc.. Allegations: Police investigate accused on allegations of criminal harassment, mischief, and breaching bail allegations. Upon arrest, police allege have found marijuana.

Result: All charges withdrawn (client enters into peace bond).

Charges: Possession of Cocaine For the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Marijuana For the Purpose of Trafficking, Careless Storage of Firearms, Weapons Dangerous (handgun), Possession of a Loaded Prohibited Weapon, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon. Allegations: Police execute warrant at home upon confidential informant tip and find large amounts of cocaine, marijuana, and a firearm.

Result: All charges withdrawn.

Charges: Possession of Cocaine For The Purpose of Trafficking, Trafficking Cocaine, Possession of Proceeds of Crime, Possession of Marijuana etc. Allegations: Police observe suspicious activity and what they describe as a “hand to hand” transaction in the back area of a at a strip club. Police follow vehicle and pull it over. Upon search, they discover significant amounts of cocaine, scales, money, etc. Several months later he is alleged to have breached his bail by having a cellular phone.

Result: Client pleads to simple possession of cocaine ($1500.00 fine), all other charges withdrawn.

Charges: Possession of Cocaine For The Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Proceeds of Crime. Allegations: Police pull over vehicle and upon detention allege to have smelled freshly burnt marijuana emanating from vehicle. Search of the vehicle results in the seizure of a significant amount off cocaine, marijuana, and cash.

Result: All charges withdrawn.

Charges: Trafficking cocaine. Allegations: Police complete undercover buy of crack cocaine. Client is alleged to have present and participated in the transaction by keeping a lookout and laundering the money afterwards.

Result: All charges withdrawn.

Charges: Trafficking Cocaine, etc. Allegations: Police complete undercover buy of crack cocaine. Client is alleged to dealt undercover officers crack cocaine. Police buy money seized from him upon arrest.

Result: All charges withdrawn.

Charges: Possession of a prohibited Firearm; careless storage of firearm / ammo; unauthorized poss. of firearm; possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. Allegations: Significant amount of guns and drugs found in residence. Accused also alleged to have small amount of cocaine on his person.

Result: All Firearms and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking charges withdrawn: Client pleads to simple possession of cocaine.

Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance x 2, Breach of Probation x 2. Allegations: Police search locker at school and find marijuana. Accused also on probation not to possess drugs at the time.

Result: Constitutional motion filed. Charges stayed (not guilty).

Charges: Trafficking Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine For the Purpose of Trafficking. Allegations: Client alleged to have trafficked to undercover police officer working as a prostitute. Matter proceeds to jury trial but defence brings mistrial application for Crown misconduct.

Result: Mistrial granted. Crown agrees to plea to simple possession of cocaine instead of reprosecuting case.

DISCLAIMER: Every criminal case is unique and every case has it’s own challenges.  Past acquittals, withdrawals, or other favourable results our lawyers have achieved for our clients in possession, trafficking and importing drug cases does not mean the same result can be obtained for present or future clients.  We look at each case with it’s own unique characteristics and fashion our approach on the individual, not the crime itself.

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