November 18, 2015

Conspiracy to cultivate or produce cannabis

Under Section 4 of the Misuse of Drug Act 1971 you could be charged with activities relating to the manufacturing, production and cultivation of drugs. In recent years there has been a marked increase in the amount of “cannabis farms” detected by police. In 2014 Crime Stoppers UK reported an increase of more that 150% of detected cannabis farms compared to 4 years previously. Between 2007 and 2011 the number of discovered cannabis farms in West Yorkshire went up 220%. If you have been arrested and charged with cultivation or production of cannabis you will be suspected of undertaking one or more roles in the cultivation process. These can include organising the production, using your business as a cover or […]
August 24, 2015

Drug Driving Motoring Offences

It has long been an offence to drive while under the influence of drugs whether these are legal medicines or not. If the police have reason to believe that you are driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs an allegation of “driving whilst unfit” could be bought against you. In order for a conviction a court must prove that the accused was indeed unfit to drive because of drugs and that the persons driving was affected. The latter point is often ascertained by police officers via a Field Impairment Test or FIT as it is commonly abbreviated.  In a Field Impairment Test you will be asked to carry out 5 tests while being observed by police officers. The tests […]
August 12, 2015

Sentences for drug offences

In general the three factors affecting the sentence that may be given for a drugs offence are the quantity of the drugs and whether the offence relates to possession of drugs or supply / production of the drug. Drugs are categorised by its “class” ranging from Class A to Class C with an additional temporary class. Class A Drug Sentences Class A drugs, including cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and crystal meth, carry the stongest sentences with possession carrying up to 7 years in prison and / or an unlimited fine. Supply of class A drugs can warrant a sentence of up to life in prison and again and / or an unlimited fine. Class B Drugs Sentences Including cannabis, amphetamines […]
February 24, 2015

New Drug Driving Legislation-Active From March 2015

Facts about drug driving Huddersfield currently has a low proportion of drink and drug driving offenders, with 1.04 cases per 1000 drivers, which is one of the lowest rates outside of London. But it is still worth being aware of changes to the law, which could result in an increased number of arrests in future. Currently, under the road traffic act 1972, it is an offence to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs, which includes illegal drugs, prescribed medicines and solvents. Next month, new drug driving legislation is due to come into force which sets new limits for the amount of drugs that you can have in your system.   The new limits will be modelled after drink […]