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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE A DRUG CHARGE: A FILIPINO CRIMINAL LAWYER IN TORONTO EXPLAINS


As with other Canadian jurisdictions, it is illegal to knowingly or unknowingly traffic or possess controlled substances like cocaine, amphetamine, and heroin in Ontario. Though under the Cannabis Act possession of marijuana is no longer a criminal act in Canada, there still exists a limit in the amount an individual can possess marijuana. Not knowing this particular fact can lead to possible prosecution.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE A DRUG CHARGE: A FILIPINO CRIMINAL LAWYER IN TORONTO EXPLAINS


As with other Canadian jurisdictions, it is illegal to knowingly or unknowingly traffic or possess controlled substances like cocaine, amphetamine, and heroin in Ontario. Though under the Cannabis Act possession of marijuana is no longer a criminal act in Canada, there still exists a limit in the amount an individual can possess marijuana. Not knowing this particular fact can lead to possible prosecution.

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When can you be criminally charged for a drug offense?


Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, S.C. 1996, c. 19 is an Act respecting the control of certain drugs, their precursors and other substances.


Possession


Possession: The above-mentioned statute states that it is illegal to possess prohibited drugs at any time. Possession does not necessitate ownership, thus, even if the prohibited drug does not belong to you, as long as you possess the same in a place where you have control over and knowledge of, you can be convicted.


Trafficking


Trafficking: Giving, selling, or merely offering to sell prohibited drugs would lead to a charge or conviction of a criminal offence. In trafficking, possession of the controlled substance is not even a requisite to be considered a drug offence.

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What are the important factors to consider regarding the severity of a drug charge?


  • Previous charges or conviction
  • Amount of prohibited drugs involved
  • Kind of controlled substance

Depending on the factors present, a drug offender’s case can either be treated as a summary conviction or an indictable offence. Contact AJ Law LLP’s Filipino Criminal Lawyer or Filipino Licenced Paralegal to better understand your legal rights.


What are the penalties imposable when you are a drug offender?


Contingent on the factors involved, the maximum term of imprisonment of 1 to 3 years, 18 months to 10 years or 25 years or life can be imposed. Below is a link that provides the penalties imposable:


https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-38.8/page-1.html

It is most difficult to face a criminal charge when you have no iota of idea at all what to do. A drug offence conviction can haunt you for the rest of your life. You do not have to go through it blind-sided. Avail of a free consultation with us and let a Filipino Lawyer and Paralegal at AJ Law LLP help you. Call us at +1 416 409-5991.