Drugs

Mirza Kwok, Defence Lawyers have a proven and powerful track record as drug lawyers in defending drug cases.

What is the law that governs drug possession in Ontario?

The relevant Canadian law that determines the regulation of drugs in Ontario is the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. This act prohibits the drug possession, drug possession for the purpose of trafficking, drug trafficking, drug importing, and drug production in Canada.

What type of drugs are regulated under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act?

The drugs that are regulated by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act include, but are not limited to: marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, ketamine, opiates, and heroin.

What type of drug offences are prohibited under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act?

Offences such as: (i) drug possession; (ii) drug possession for the purpose of trafficking, (iii) drug trafficking, (iv) drug importing, and (v) drug production.

As experienced drug lawyers, we defend all drug charges. At Mirza Kwok, Defence Lawyers, we have an extensive volume of drug lawyer work and have successfully defended drug possession cases throughout Ontario ranging from simple drug possession to large scale drug production cases in Manitoba.

How does a drug lawyer defend against drug charges?

At Mirza Kwok, defence and drug lawyers, we will look at your case to determine whether the police / prosecution can in fact prove the alleged substance are indeed drugs. Although it may appear simple to do so, proving in court that the alleged substance are in fact an illegal drug can be difficult and filled with many procedural challenges. A failure to prove the substance is in fact an illegal drug will result in a dismissal of the charge.

Also, it is not uncommon for drug lawyers to look for various legal authority to exclude the seized substances based on illegal police conduct or for drug lawyers to challenge the validity of drug search warrants or wiretaps.

What are various sentences for drug offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act?

Drug outcomes / sentencing will vary depending on the drug possession charge itself; the accused’s personal background, and the nature of the drug possession offence. However, as a drug lawyer, we will advise you that some drug possession offences carry a mandatory minimum sentence which will result in a criminal record and / or jail and that exceptional care and caution should be taken when one is charged with certain drug possession offences that carry the mandatory minimum sentence.

What other problems or concerns should I be aware of if I am charged with drug possession charges / convicted of drug possession charges?

As drug lawyers, we often warn clients about the collateral effects of being charged / convicted for drug charges. Drug possession charges can allow the police to seize personal property as offence-related property or proceeds of crime. Items commonly seized can include: personal vehicles, residential houses, cellular phones, and money. As experienced drug lawyers, we know the harmful effect this could have on one’s personal life if significant property is seized and we will do all that is legally permitted to ensure your property is lawfully returned.

Drug lawyers are aware that drug possession charges can affect one’s employment or potential employment. Certain jobs required an employee / candidate for a job to undergo heightened security and criminal record checks. Having drug possession charges can significantly effect one’s chances at securing or keeping these types of employment.

As drug lawyers, we will advise you that drug possession charges can affect one’s immigration status or ability to enter certain countries such as the United States of America. This may impact one’s stay in Canada or one’s ability to travel for work or pleasure.

Prior to making any significant decision in a drug possession case, a drug lawyer must turn their mind to the effect of a drug charge / drug conviction will have on that specific client’s personal circumstances and raise these various issues with the client.

What cities does Mirza Kwok, Defence Lawyers conduct drug defences?

At Mirza Kwok, defence and drug lawyers, we have an extensive drug lawyer practice and accept all drug cases in Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple, Mississauga, Brampton, Milton, Burlington, Oakville, Pickering, Oshawa, Ajax, Barrie, Orangeville, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Hamilton, and London.

Mirza Kwok, Defence Lawyers also conduct major drug possession defences within all provinces within Canada. We have successfully conducted large scale drug production cases in Manitoba.

Also, we accept all drug importing charges that arise from any of the Canadian / U.S. border crossing cities such as the Toronto Airport, Ste. Catharines, Windsor, and Niagara Falls.

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