Decriminalisation of Drugs

Public health bodies are calling for the personal possession of drugs to be decriminalised.

The current criminal law states that if you are found in possession of any illegal substance, you can be arrested and prosecuted before the Courts.

The Royal Society of Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health are arguing that drug misuse should be a health issue, rather than a matter for the Courts.

The society commissioned a poll of more than 2,000 UK adults and found that more than half; namely 56% agreed that drug users in their local area ought to be referred for treatment, rather than charged with a criminal offence. However, the law has not been changed.

If you are caught in possession of drugs, here at Emery Johnson Astills we can assist you.

If you are arrested, you have a right to free and independent legal advice during Police interview, Emery Johnson Astills offer 24 hour police station advice and assistance.

Possession of a controlled drug is an either way offence, this means that it can be dealt with either in a Magistrates or Crown Court. The maximum penalty depends on both the trial venue and the class of drugs.

You may think, that the offence is not the most serious of offences, however the sentencing guidelines state immediate imprisonment can be imposed in certain circumstances.

If you find yourself arrested for, or charged with, possession of a controlled drug, don’t hesitate to contact Emery Johnson Astills on 0116 255 4855 or 01509 610312 for legal advice.