Drug Offences

Crimes involving illicit drugs range from relatively minor to exceedingly serious. In this area, the federal government has introduced changes that bring into effect mandatory jail terms for some offences, which will likely cause more cases to go to trial.

The lawyers at Martland & Saulnier are familiar with drug prosecutions. These are often cases in which the legality of the police conduct is an issue. We regularly bring applications under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to exclude evidence (such as drugs seized from our client’s car, home or person). Moreover, there may be technical and legal issues that will give rise to a reasonable doubt at trial.

If you are facing drug charges, you need a lawyer who is adept in this area of practice. In the past year, our lawyers have had clients acquitted after successfully challenging illegal searches by police of cars and homes. We were also successful in convincing Crown to drop charges in a case of conspiracy to traffic in 100 kg of cocaine.