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"I'm not in possession of drugs with intent to supply, I was just going to share the drugs with my friend"

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Many people are confused about the elements of supplying controlled substances such as cannabis and cocaine, particularly where sharing illegal drugs amongst friends is concerned. 

It is an offence for a person to have a controlled drug in their possession, whether lawfully or not, with intent to supply it to another, even if the intention is to share the drug with friends as opposed to selling it to “customers”. This means that if you “chip in” with friends to buy controlled substances and then share them, you are committing a criminal offence.

Intent to supply and dealing

Punishments for supplying drugs are a lot tougher than those for possession. You should also remember that supplying drugs doesn't just apply to dealers. If the police think you intended to share drugs with your friends, this is still considered as supplying.

The police are more likely to charge you if they suspect you intended to supply drugs, but will take into account the amount of drugs that you had and your criminal record when deciding whether to charge you with a drug related criminal offence.

What sentence can I receive for drugs offences?

The Court will have regard to the sentencing guidelines and will take into consideration a number of factors such as, the level of offending, the involvement in the offending, the classification of the drugs and value. Offences concerning class A drugs attract the most serious punishments and fines.

At Emery Johnson Astills  our specialist advocates in our Criminal Defence Team are highly experienced in dealing with drugs offences at both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. If you find yourself facing any drugs offence it is vital to contact a solicitor as soon as possible to obtain expert legal advice. Representation at the police station is free, and legal aid may be available for your case at the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. For offences which do not qualify for legal aid, we offer fixed fees for appointments and representation. To discuss any drugs offences please contact our Criminal Defence Team at Emery Johnson Astills in Leicester on 0116 2554855 or in Loughborough on 01509 610312.