What Happens When A Person Is Arrested For A Drug Offence

Depending upon several factors, a person will generally be released, subject to quite serious bail conditions.

They may be prevented from attending a certain part of town. They may be prevented from possessing any sort of drug paraphernalia and even cell phones. Before pagers and cell phones were commonly used by the general public, they were used predominantly by drug dealers because they believed their calls could not be tracked or subject to wire tap. Now, for many people, their cell phones are their primary telephone line and lawyers have been fighting for the accused’s rights to keep them. To deprive someone of their cell phone is technically depriving them of a means of communication.

The nature of the charge, the amount and the type of drug will affect the bail conditions or even opportunity for bail. Drugs like heroin and crack cocaine and the manner in which they are possessed or trafficked can often attract jail terms. Someone with no criminal record is obviously a better candidate to get bail; but I see Crown Attorneys pursue detention for someone who has no criminal record, if the amounts are high and the drug is serious.
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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.