War on drugs in Calgary
alberta's war on drugs
"If you have been charged with drug trafficking, the Government has almost certainly invested considerable resources to investigate you and will likely devote substantial resources to prosecuting you. You should take this very seriously".
The “war on drugs” is no longer merely a political catchphrase chanted by politicians to attract public support. By all accounts, the demonization of the drug trade is reflected in the legal reality that police expend tremendous resources to halt the proliferation of narcotics in our communities.
Parliament has armed police and Crown with a variety of resources to assist in the investigation and prosecution of drug crimes. The Alberta Court of Appeal has established starting point sentences for low level commercial trafficking (or possession for the purpose of trafficking) Schedule 1 substances such as cocaine, MDMA, heroin, crystal meth, opioids (such as Morphine, Oxycontin and Fentanyl) and other hard drugs. Though the starting points are guideline only, Alberta’s highest court routinely upholds harsh penitentiary sentences and consistently substitutes non-custodial dispositions for jail. Recent legislative amendments have further increased the penalty for conviction for other narcotics, including Fentanyl. Specifically, in R. v. Felix, the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld a nearly double penitentiary sentence for possession for the purpose of trafficking Fentanyl.
If convicted of certain drug offences, it appears the Crown policy is to seek jail every time. If convicted of drug trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking or importation, you could face a penalty a prison sentence similar to or greater than persons convicted of violent crime, including sexual assault.
serious Calgary drug defence lawyer
"Politics has sold its efforts to combat the purported drug crisis with the phrase 'war on drugs'. By incarcerating drug offenders, the State has arguably created a prison crisis. Hire the right drug lawyer because if you don't, there is higher likelihood you could find yourself behind bars."
The combination of sophisticated investigations, complex prosecutions and significant penalties means that if you have been charged with a drug offence in Alberta, you should retain a serious drug defence lawyer.
You have probably heard the terrifying language "Opioid Crisis" or "Fentanyl Crisis". As you are probably aware, a large number of fatalities are being attributed to Opioids -- in particular, Fentanyl and Carfentanyl. With that in mind, it is important to be aware that Court's are slapping offenders convicted of trafficking Fentanyl with lengthy jail sentences and often detaining them in custody without bail until the case is resolved one-way or another.
Whether you have been charged with trafficking in opioids, cocaine, meth. LSD or mushrooms, the war on drugs means that the Government will likely throw its massive weight at you to secure a conviction. As such, there is a high likelihood that your only chance of avoiding a criminal record, jail and a lifetime of stigma is your drug lawyer. Call David Chow for a free consultation. David has a credible drug defence pedigree. He can help with your case.