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Drug Charges in our system are not found in the Criminal Code of Canada. In fact, they are found in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. And while normal criminal offences are prosecuted by provincial crown attorneys, drug charges are prosecuted by the Federal Crown, except when specifically delegated to the province, usually in situations where individuals are charged with several other criminal code offences, and the drug charge (s) is considered as being less significant in the particular case. Even then, the charges can be separated and pursued by both levels of prosecutors. In this context, anyone charged with a drug offence should be aware that they are dealing with prosecutors that practice drug litigation almost exclusively. These lawyers can be rigid and unforgiving when approaching resolution discussion. It is crucial that you have a lawyer that understands the nuance and seriousness of this reality. Forstner Law is ready to act.
Many drug-related crimes carry extremely heavy jail sentences and fines. If you are ever convicted of a drug crime, that conviction may stay on your record for the rest of your life and could affect your ability to get a job, a loan, or even an apartment. For this reason, any time you're facing drug crime charges or have been arrested for drug offences, it's important that you take the time to consult with a drug crime defence lawyer who can give you a better understanding of the charges you are facing, your constitutional rights, and your legal options. Lawrence Forstner is a skilled drug charge lawyer in Oshawa and the Durham Region.
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If you’ve been charged with a drug-related crime, contact Forstner Law in Oshawa to discuss your case with an understanding defense attorney. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, Forstner Law may be able to help you obtain a favourable plea deal, help you prove your innocence, or even get the charges against you dropped completely. The key is to act quickly, so call today.
Because the law on marijuana use is likely to change in the very near future, the whole area of drug crime is coming under more scrutiny. Many believe that with leniency towards simple possession of small amounts of marijuana being allowed, the authorities will bend over backwards to prosecute other drug offences (including drugging and driving) even more vigorously. Jail sentences for certain of these drug offences can climb into high single digit years and even double digits of years behind bars. Get Forstner Law in your corner at the earliest possible moment to ensure that you are able to find the best possible outcome in your case.
The major charges under the CDSA are:
4. (1) Possession of substance — Except as authorized under the regulations, no person shall possess a substance included in Schedule I, II or III.
5. (1) Trafficking in substance — No person shall traffic in a substance included in Schedule I, II, III or IV or in any substance represented or held out by that person to be such a substance.
(2) Possession for purpose of trafficking — No person shall, for the purposes of trafficking, possess a substance included in Schedule I, II, III or IV.
6. (1) Importing and exporting — Except as authorized under the regulations, no person shall import into Canada or export from Canada a substance included in Schedule I, II, III, IV, V or VI.
(2) Possession for the purpose of exporting — Except as authorized under the regulations, no person shall possess a substance included in Schedule I, II, III, IV, V or VI for the purpose of exporting it from Canada.
7. (1) Production of substance — Except as authorized under the regulations, no person shall produce a substance included in Schedule I, II, III or IV.
7.1 (1) Possession, etc., for use in production of or trafficking in substance — No person shall possess, produce, sell or import anything knowing that it will be used to produce or traffic in a substance referred to in item 18 of Schedule I or subitem 1(9) of Schedule III.
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Office Locations: Forstner Law has its main office beside the Oshawa Courthouse. Lawrence also occasionally sees clients in his home office located in Ajax, and regularly comes to clients' homes if it is more convenient.
Lawrence Forstner, Criminal Lawyer in Oshawa, Expert Qualifications and Specialized Training:
Former Crown Attorney; Former Probation & Parole Officer; Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA), Sex Offender Risk Assessment, Strategic Initiatives in Community Supervision (STICS), Sex Offender Relapse Prevention, Substance Use / Anger Management Group Leader/ Trainer. ( https://ca.linkedin.com/in/forstnerlaw )
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