Cocaine Trafficking Charges in Edmonton – Get a Lawyer.
If you have been charged with trafficking cocaine, you will need a lawyer.
Cocaine is a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada, and a real societal problem because of it’s highly addictive nature. People addicted to cocaine will go to great lengths to feed their addiction. A great deal of the property and other crime that occurs in Alberta is perpetrated by cocaine addicts.
Some of the crimes commonly committed by cocaine addicts in pursuit of their addictions include:
Trafficking cocaine is considered a very serious offense and is likely to attract a custodial sentence in nearly all situations. Having said this, there can be situations where a conditional sentence might be appropriate disposition for an offender with a drug addiction, even with a lengthy record, if there is a good chance of rehabilitation, although these situations would be rare. Talk to a lawyer.
The development of the Drug Treatment Court system can come into play in some cocaine trafficking situations.
Section 10 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act explicitly deals with sentencing matters on drug crimes.
(1) . . . the fundamental purpose of any sentence for an offense under this Part is to contribute to the respect for the law and the maintenance of a just, peaceful and safe society while encouraging rehabilitation, and treatment in appropriate circumstances, of offenders and acknowledging the harm done to victims and to the community.
(2) If a person is convicted of a designated substance offense, the court imposing sentence on the person shall consider any relevant aggravating factors including that the person
(a) in relation to the commission of the offense,
(i) carried, used or threatened to use a weapon,
(ii) used or threatened to use violence,
(iii) trafficked in a substance included in Schedule I, II, III or IV or possessed such a substance for the purpose of trafficking, in or near a school, on or near school grounds or in or near any other public place usually frequented by persons under the age of eighteen years, or
(iv) trafficked in a substance included in Schedule I, II, III or IV, or possessed such a substance for the purpose of trafficking, to a person under the age of eighteen years;
(b) was previously convicted of a designated substance offense; or
(c) used the services of a person under the age of eighteen years to commit, or involved such a person in the commission of, a designated substance offense.
(3) If, under subsection (1), the court is satisfied of the existence of one or more of the aggravating factors enumerated in paragraphs (2)(a) to (c), but decides not to sentence the person to imprisonment, the court shall give reasons for that decision.
Trafficking in cocaine is an extremely serous crime. You are definitely at risk for serious jail time if you have been charged with trafficking in cocaine. But just because you have been charged does not mean you are guilty. And an accused person has a variety of legal rights available to them, whether they are from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or the Criminal Code, or the Canada Evidence Act, or the common law or elsewhere. You should not give up any of your rights without talking to a lawyer first. It is best if you have a lawyer with you throughout the whole process. Who knows, you might even beat the charges. Geoff Green can help you.
Geoff Green – Criminal Defence Lawyer For Alberta – Trafficking Cocaine Charges
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