This article will examine what to do if you have been charged with drug possession in Ontario.
If you have been charged with drug possession in Ontario, it is important to understand the legal process and what steps you should take to protect your rights.
First, it is important to understand the specific charges against you. Possession of a controlled substance is a criminal offense under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) in Canada. Depending on the type and quantity of the drug in question, you may be facing different penalties. For example, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use may be considered a less serious offense than possession of a large quantity of cocaine with intent to traffic.
Once you have been charged, you will be given a court date to attend. It is important to show up to court on the scheduled date and time, as failure to do so could result in additional charges or the issuance of a warrant for your arrest. At your first court appearance, you will be given a copy of the information (the document outlining the charges against you) and a date for your next court appearance.
It is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. A criminal defense lawyer will be able to advise you on the strength of the prosecution’s case against you and the possible outcomes of the case. They will also be able to provide you with guidance on how to plead and negotiate on your behalf.
If you are facing drug possession charges, it may be possible to enter into a plea bargain with the prosecution. This means that you agree to plead guilty to a reduced charge in exchange for a more lenient sentence. However, it is important to note that plea bargains are not always offered and they are not always in your best interest. Your lawyer will be able to advise you on whether a plea bargain is a viable option for your case.
If the case goes to trial, it is important to understand that the prosecution has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the offence. This means that they must prove each element of the offence and that there is no other reasonable explanation for the evidence. Your lawyer will be able to challenge the prosecution’s evidence and present evidence on your behalf.
If you are convicted of drug possession, the penalties can include fines, imprisonment, and a criminal record. The specific penalty will depend on the type and quantity of the drug, your prior criminal record, and the circumstances of the offence.
It is important to note that being charged with drug possession can have serious consequences beyond the criminal penalties. For example, it could affect your ability to find employment, travel, or maintain certain professional licenses.
In summary, if you have been charged with drug possession in Ontario, it is important to understand the specific charges against you, to attend court on the scheduled date and time, seek legal representation, be aware of the possibility of plea bargain, prepare for trial if necessary and understand the potential consequences of a conviction.
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Stacey is a student at De Boyrie Law. She is currently studying to complete the BAR and is expected to join our firm once she has completed studies.