Drug offences diverge from crimes outlined in the Criminal Code because they are regulated by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Part 1 s. 4(1) defines possession of narcotics as possessing a substance included in Schedule I, II, or III - except as authorized under the regulations.
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Possession of Narcotics Laws Explained
Although the CDSA is separate from the Criminal Code, a possession of narcotics charge can result in a criminal record and severe penalties. The schedule of the drug and the quantity of the illicit substance in your possession are crucial factors in determining the progression of your case.
- Schedule I drugs include street drugs such as heroin, cocaine and fentanyl.
- Schedule II drugs include synthetic cannabinoid receptor type 1 agonists, their salts, derivatives, isomers, and salts of derivatives and isomers.
- Schedule III drugs are amphetamines, including LSD and magic mushrooms.
- Schedule IV drugs include diazepam, benzodiazepine and anabolic steroids.
- Schedule V lists analogues and derivatives of N-Phenyl-4-piperidinamine and its salts.
Being discovered with a significant quantity of an illicit substance can lead to drug trafficking charges if authorities believe you intended to share or distribute the substance.
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Possession of Narcotics: The Three Types of Possession
Personal Possession of Narcotics
Prosecutors must demonstrate that you physically had control over the illicit substance at the time of your arrest and that you were aware of its illegal nature. For instance, if narcotics are discovered in your pocket, home, or vehicle, it falls under the category of "personal possession".
Constructive Possession of Narcotics
Constructive possession arises when you exert some level of control over the illicit substance and transfer it into someone else's possession. An example of this is when you possess a key to a locker that contains a scheduled substance.
Joint Possession of Narcotics
Joint possession occurs when multiple individuals have the same substance and each of them exercises some degree of control over it.
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Possession of Narcotics Sentencing
Possession of narcotics is treated as a hybrid offence, meaning that it can be dealt with summarily or by way of indictment. Summary offences are designated for less severe crimes where indictable offences have more severe penalties.
Factors that affect possession of narcotics sentencing:
- Prior criminal record
- Quantity of illicit substances
- Schedule of narcotic(s) involved
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Don’t Face Your Possession of Narcotics Charge Alone
An experienced criminal defence lawyer is essential when facing a possession of narcotics charge. They can help you navigate the complexities of the legal system, protect your rights, and develop a strong defence strategy tailored to your specific case.
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