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Drug Offence Solicitors
At Johnson Astills Solicitors, we understand that anyone can find themselves accused of a crime. Our expert drug defence team are ready to provide immediate legal advice and representation 24/7, 365 days a year.
Our Criminal Defence team has a wealth of experience in representing clients accused of drug offences, including the most complex, serious and high value offences.
We can represent you through every stage of the proceedings, from police interview through court proceedings and the appeals process where necessary. We can also provide early advice if you are concerned about a possible police investigation or prosecution.
If you need expert representation for a potential drug offence - including for police station interviews court hearings - we can help. Get in touch as soon as possible to discuss your case with our expert drug defence team.
Our drug offence expertise includes:
- Supply of drugs
- Possession of drugs with intent to supply
- importation of Drugs
- Production of Drugs
- Conveying drugs into prison
- Allowing property to be used for drug offences
- Offences under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016
- Possession of drugs
- Drug Driving offences
Our team, headed by Managing Partner and 2015/16 Solicitor Advocate of the year, Helen Johnson, and Partner and Head of Crime Team Michelle Harding includes paralegal, accredited Police Station Representatives, Solicitors and Higher Court Advocates. This means we can represent you from the police station to the Magistrates’ and the Crown Court, without the need to instruct a separate barrister, giving consistency of representation throughout your case.
We undertake both Legal Aid and privately funded drug defence cases, and can offer fixed fees and the option to pay for your legal defence in instalments where appropriate.
If you’re facing arrest or have been invited to the police station for a voluntary interview under caution, do not speak to the police without first speaking to one of the criminal defence team.
You are entitled to legal advice whilst at the police station and anything you say could be used against you as evidence during a criminal prosecution.
How our drug defence team can help you
Police station representation for drug offences
If you or a loved one have been arrested or asked to attend a voluntary interview under caution at a police station, it is essential to have the best possible legal representation.
Using our specialist expertise in drug offences, our criminal defence team can make sure you receive the best possible advice from the earliest stages, helping to avoid any mistakes that could seriously harm your defence if you are prosecuted.
Early advice on a potential drug offence
Should you be concerned about a potential offence you may have been involved in, or where you believe police may suspect you of an offence, our drug offence team can help.
We can advise you on your situation, including whether an offence may have been committed, the likely criminal penalties and your options. Whatever your situation, we will obtain the best possible outcome for you in all the circumstances.
Representation for drug offence prosecutions
Our Criminal Defence Team can provide representation at every level of the English and Welsh court system, including Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court hearings .
Drawing on our extensive experience with drug prosecutions, we can give you the best chance of avoiding conviction for a drug offence. Our Higher Court Advocates have considerable experience in successfully defending drug offences at trial.
Appealing a drug conviction
If you or a loved one have been convicted of a drug offence, our criminal defence team will be happy to review your case and see whether we believe there may be grounds for appeal.
We can then support you through the whole process of lodging an appeal, preparing your case and representing you during the appeals process. Wherever possible, we will help to have an unsafe conviction overturned and/or work towards having a drug sentence reduced.
Our legal fees
Our drug defence team can offer a variety of options to cover the cost of your defence.
Legal aid for drug offences
You are entitled to free legal representation when interviewed by police. Our drug defence team can provide legal aid funded police station representation where required. We are also able to represent you at the Police Station on a Fixed fee basis if you prefer, see below.
If you are prosecuted for a drug offence, legal aid may cover some or all of the cost of your defence, depending on the circumstances.
You will normally need to undergo a means test to qualify for legal aid to cover the cost of your defence for a drug offence. You may also need to undergo a merit test, to show that funding your defence is in the interests of justice.
Privately funded drug offence representation
You can privately fund your legal defence in a number of ways, if you would like to discuss this further please get in touch.
Fixed fee representation for drug offences
Our drug defence team can offer fixed fees for most matters including attendances, hearing and appeals, depending on the level of assistance you require. We will be happy to advise you on whether a fixed fee arrangement may be available for your particular circumstances.
To find out more about our legal fees for drug offences, please get in touch.
Why Johnson Astills is the smart choice for drug offence representation
Our Criminal Defence team have many years of combined experience handling both minor and major drug offence cases, including complex, high value cases.
Led by Managing Partner and 2015/16 Solicitor Advocate of the year, Helen Johnson and Partner and Head of the Crime Team Michelle Harding our team includes paralegals, accredited Police Station Representatives, Solicitors and Higher Court Advocates. As such, we can handle your entire case, from your first contact with the police through to representation at the Magistrates’ and Crown Court.
Unlike many firms, we do not need to instruct a separate barrister to represent you at the Crown as our Higher Court Advocates can do this for you. This avoids the risk of any key details being missed in your case when handed over to a third party and allows us to provide personal support through your entire case.
We’ve been awarded the Law Society Criminal Litigation Accreditation reflecting the high quality of our criminal defence services.
We are Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for the high standards of our legal practices and are independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Get in touch with our drug defence team in Leicester and Loughborough
For immediate expert representation for a suspected drug offence in Leicester, Loughborough and throughout the country, please get in touch.