Drug offences are crimes that are charged under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. They encompass offences such as simple possession, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and trafficking in a controlled substance.
The penalties for drug offences can range from non-judicial programs like Alternative Measures, to minor fines and probation, all the way up to serious jail time. Drug charges also may carry mandatory minimum jail sentences.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is important that you speak with a lawyer immediately. Only experienced legal counsel can assist you in defending your Charter rights, and in helping you achieve the best possible result.