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 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 […]
February 11, 2015

LSD and Heroin Substitutes now Banned Under the MOD act

The MOD act was introduced to the UK almost 44 years ago, but it still controls a large deal of  our law enforcement and crime proceedings. Since its inception, the act has seen many changes and amendments applied to it. In the past decade we have seen an influx of new compounds, often sold legally, that act as alternative to criminalised substances. Mephedrone was a drug sold as a legal substitute for Class A stimulants such as cocaine, MDMA and amphetamine.  It provided similar effects to these drugs, but as it was a new chemical it was not classified under the misuse of drugs act. After several deaths in the UK It was criminalised in 2009 as a Class B […]