Tod and Mitchell specialise in all aspects of criminal defence work including the Misuse of Drugs Act and regularly appear in criminal courts throughout Glasgow and Scotland dealing with cases in the High Court of Justiciary, the Sheriff Court and the Justice of the Peace Court.
Why use us?
Tod and Mitchell and our team of highly respected and experienced solicitors are well-known for our professional approach, vast knowledge of law and high percentage of case wins. Our head office is based in Paisley giving us the perfect central location for working with clients attending courts in Glasgow, Paisley, Dumbarton, Greenock and many more courts across Scotland.
Drugs Offences Solicitors Paisley
Misuse of Drugs Act Offences
The Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971 is the principle act of Parliament dealing with drugs offences in Scotland and in the rest of the United Kingdom. The principle offences it deals with are unlawful possession of a controlled drug, possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply it to another, allowing premises you occupy or manage to be used unlawfully for the production of controlled drugs and finally the very wide offence of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs. Being concerned in the supply requires active involvement in the supply chain. That can take many forms at the centre or on the fringes of drug dealing, from the big barons to the street dealers. It covers financers, couriers, go betweens, lookouts, advertisers, those who store drugs, those who break up bulk quantities, reduce the impurity, divide them into deals, or package them, and suppliers of single deals. It covers supply itself, or any link in the chain of distribution from producer to ultimate consumer.
Powers of Search
The Misuse of Drugs Act gives the police powers of search to obtain evidence if they reasonably believe a person to be in possession of controlled drugs. It is an offence to obstruct the police when they are exercising their powers of search under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Proof by an accused person that he did not know he was in possession of controlled drugs or was concerned in the supply of controlled drugs can be a defence in certain circumstances in terms of Section 28 of the Misuse of Drugs Act. In general terms it is a defence if the accused was justifiably ignorant of some fact if it was necessary for the Crown to prove it in order to convict him of a drugs offence.
The Firm of Tod & Mitchell and Drugs Offences
Tod & Mitchell have been defending persons accused of drugs offences at every level for over 25 years. This includes people accused of relatively minor possession offences up to the level of international operations. We have dealt with cases from the District Court to the High Court. All of the solicitors in the firm have extensive experience of dealing with drugs offences and indeed people who are addicted to drugs.
Police Procedures & Search Powers
Our solicitors have extensive knowledge of the powers the police have relating to drugs offences and the correct procedures that the police should follow. We have successfully defended many accused on the basis that they were illegally searched or that the correct procedures were not followed.
It is not uncommon in cases where people are suspected of drugs offences for the prosecution case to involve a significant amount of police surveillance evidence or telecoms evidence including mobile phone records and cell site evidence obtained from mobile phone masts. As a result of our extensive experience, we are extremely familiar with this type of evidence and are able to analyse it with a view to obtaining information which supports your defence. We also have access to a range of forensic experts who can assist us with this process.
If you believe that you are suspected of a drugs offence or that you may be under police surveillance then do not delay in contacting us so that we can provide you with the appropriate legal advice from the earliest possible stage.