Possession of Drugs
Possession of drugs, including small amounts of cannabis or tablets and substances that you do not have a prescription for, is against the law and the penalties can differ according to the category and quantity of drugs found in your possession. You may have been found with enough drugs and/or equipment to charge you with possession with intent to supply.
Drug possession classification
Class A drugs include:
Crack cocaine, cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), heroin, LSD, magic mushrooms, methadone, methamphetamine (crystal meth).
For possession you could serve up to 7 years in prison with an unlimited fine, or both.
Class B drugs include:
Amphetamines, barbiturates, cannabis, codeine, ketamine, methylphenidate (Ritalin), synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones (eg mephedrone, methoxetamine)
For possession you could serve up to 5 years in prison with an unlimited fine, or both.
Class C drugs include:
Anabolic steroids, benzodiazepines (diazepam), gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), piperazines (BZP), khat
For possession you could serve up to 2 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both (except anabolic steroids – it’s not an offence to possess them for personal use)
If you are charged with ‘possession with intent to supply’ (PWITS) the penalties are much more severe.
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Many people suffer the misery of addiction to illegal substances and the stressful lifestyle associated with this. We also help people who have been found with recreational drugs. Whatever your circumstances, we have to hand all of the knowledge and expertise you need to build your case, including forensic and medical experts.