Advice For Clients Charged With Drug Offences

A person may be facing a drug charge today, but because of drugs, may be facing a much more serious charge tomorrow or next week.

The key things to remember are to stay away from drugs, abide by your bail conditions, prepare to be able to please the judge by providing a clear drug screen and do your community service. Be guided by your lawyer’s advice because they know the system and sometimes they can get you the break that you couldn’t get on your own.

I advise my clients to deal with whatever addiction issues there are right away because we may want to take advantage of Crown leniency and get the Crown to withdraw the charges down the road. Before they do that, the Crown needs to see the individual comply with all their bail conditions and get a clear drug screen.

A treatment program takes 45 days. When I go in a month after my client has been charged and meet the Crown, he might say, “You know what, if your client can give me a clear drug screen I will withdraw the charges.” If my client is already in a program, I can get that clear screen back to the Crown very quickly and the matter is resolved. When the client is a minor, the same processes apply.

If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with criminal law issues in the Ottawa, Ontario Region, contact Engel and Associates for a consultation.

This article is taken from a November 12, 2007 interview with Bruce Engel, Criminal Lawyer with Engel and Associates, an Ottawa, Ontario Criminal Law Firm. Note that laws vary from province to province. Please consult with a lawyer in your own area to be sure of the laws and specific issues in your own jurisdiction.