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Drug Trafficking Laws in Canada

Criminal Code & Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Drug Trafficking: Selling and Distributing Illegal Substances

If you have been charged with a crime in Ottawa, you should consult with a criminal defence lawyer in your area

Insights from Ottawa Lawyer, Céline Dostaler

Strategies To Defend A Drug Charge

There are several defences that a lawyer may use to defend against a drug charge. Some of these include:

  1. Entrapment: This defence argues that the accused was induced or coerced by the police into committing the crime and, therefore, should not be held responsible.
  2. Lack of knowledge: If the accused can prove that they did not know they had drugs or did not know the substance they had was a controlled substance, they may be able to have the charges dropped.
  3. Illegal search and seizure: If the evidence against the accused was obtained illegally through an unlawful search or seizure, the lawyer could argue for it to be excluded from the trial and have the charges dropped.
  4. Charter Rights violations: If the accused's rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms were violated, the lawyer could argue for the charges to be dismissed.
  5. Duress: If the accused was under threat of harm and committed the offence under pressure, this could be used as a defence.
  6. Necessity: In some cases, the accused may argue that they committed the offence out of necessity, such as in the case of self-medication or providing for a person with a medical need.

It's important to note that these defences are not guaranteed to be successful, and the case outcome will depend on the specific facts and circumstances.

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