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Class B Drug Solicitor
In the scale of drug classes, Class B drugs are seen as dangerous substances but perhaps not as harmful as Class A drugs. The most common drug in the Class B category is cannabis which was upgraded from a Class C drug back in January 2009.
Drugs that have been given a Class B classification under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 include: -
- Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
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Sentencing for Class B drugs can involve terms of imprisonment as well as large fines, if found guilty. So if you, or a family member, are due to be interviewed under caution, are on bail or have been charged with an offence then you need to speak to experienced defence solicitor as soon as possible.
No matter what charge has been brought against you we can provide advice and representation at a police interview under caution and at court. We have many years of knowledge and experience in dealing with drug cases throughout England and Wales including the North West, Liverpool and Wirral and are available to speak to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0333 011 0515.
The sooner you instruct MJP solicitors to represent your interests the sooner we can start building a defence to the controlled drug charges.
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Possession of a controlled substance that falls under the Class B category can attract a sentence of imprisonment however usually this only occurs in extreme cases. Possession occurs when a small amount of a controlled illegal substance is found on a person.
If found guilty the penalty for being in possession of a Class B drug is up to five years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both.
Possession With Intent to Supply
Possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply it to another is taken seriously by the criminal courts and falls under Section 5(3) Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Also known as dealing, a person is charged with this offence when they are found to be in possession of a quantity that could is considered to be more than for personal use.
A similar charge that falls under this category is the offence of supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug which falls under Section 4(3) Misuses of Drugs Act 1971.
If found guilty of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug a sentence of up to 14 years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both can be given.
Manufacture / Production of Class B Drugs
The production of a controlled drug is seen to be an important part of the drug trade and therefore are taken very seriously be government authorities such as SOCA. The production of drugs are often on a large-scale involving many people. This means there is typically a lot of evidence that is gathered which needs to be carefully considered by an experienced solicitor.
The most common charge under this class is cultivation or production of cannabis, charged under Section 6 (2) Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (for cultivation) or Section 4 (2) Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (for production).
The penalty for producing a Class B drug is up to 14 years imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both.
Conspiracy to Import Class B Drugs
The import and export of Class B drugs can carry long sentences and large fines if found guilty at court. Seen as a critical element of the drug culture charges are generally brought after long investigations by the police, Serious Organised Crime Agency etc. This means that a large quantity evidence has been collated over a number of months or years including recorded conversations, telephone call and text logs amongst other evidence.
The offence is actually known as fraudulent evasion of a prohibition by bringing into or taking out of the UK a controlled drug and falls under Section 3 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and Section 170(2) Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.
The offence of importing or exporting Class B drugs is up to 14 years imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both.
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