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Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs
Conspiracy to supply class A drugs is a serious charge and can severely impact your life. If you have been charged with or accused of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, it’s paramount to seek legal advice and representation.
Our solicitors have extensive experience assisting the accused. Anything you say while under arrest or caution may be used as a reason to charge you or as evidence against you at trial. An expert police representative will advise you on the most appropriate way to respond to questions and ensure you have the best possible chance of being released without charge or reducing the charges against you.
Our highly skilled team of criminal defence lawyers includes a number of qualified police station representatives and duty solicitors who can support and advise you at the police station. We can travel across Bournemouth and the wider Dorset area to assist you, even at short notice.
What our conspiracy to supply class A drugs solicitors can do for you
Being accused of conspiracy to supply class A drugs is a serious allegation, and it is important that your legal rights are protected during questioning and in the event you are charged. No matter your circumstances, we want you to receive the best possible chance of a successful outcome.
Being accused of a crime you did not commit or where you were unaware of the potential implications it can cause can certainly be daunting and leave you feeling vulnerable. Whatever the case, our team of Renshaw Derrick solicitors will be there to support you throughout, from police station interviews to trial if applicable. We will provide specialist advice and guidance in hopes to achieve the best possible outcome, including minimising the impact on your life.
We will take the time to carefully review your case, including any actions you contributed and the possible effect of those. Once we are fully aware, we can take the best possible approach to remove the charge or lessen the penalties where this is not possible.
Why choose Renshaw Derrick’s conspiracy to supply class A drugs lawyers?
The penalties you can face for conspiracy to supply class A drugs are severe, having the ability to significantly impact your entire life, in both present and future times. For this reason, pursuing legal assistance immediately is crucial to potentially diminish the impact.
At Renshaw Derrick, we are a leading and well-established firm of criminal law solicitors, providing the highest quality legal services to individuals accused and charged of criminal offences across Bournemouth, Poole and the wider Dorset area.
Our team only specialises in criminal law cases, which means that combined, we have developed a wide range of niche skills in this particular area, including dealing with conspiracy to supply class A drugs accusations and charges.
Our firm is proud to be acknowledged members of the Law Society Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme for our independently recognised skills in this area.
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Frequently asked questions about being concerned in the supply of class A drugs
What is conspiracy to supply class A drugs?
Conspiracy to supply class A drugs can be broken down into two separate meanings. The terms ‘conspiracy’ and ‘supply’ have specific meanings separate from each other when it comes to a conspiracy to supply charge.
Conspiracy is an agreement to commit a crime, committed by multiple persons, and supply can be interpreted in multiple ways, but it ultimately means passing on a controlled substance to another individual. Even where the intent to supply was not for profit, but was instead to pass on the controlled substance onto a friend or acquaintance, this can still see you charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
You can still be charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs even when you are not found to have the drugs on you. Circumstantial evidence can be enough for the prosecution to charge you with a crime, including evidence such as:
- Phone calls
- Text messages
- Listening devices
- CCTV evidence
- Drug paraphernalia, such as cutting agents, bags, scales and more
What drugs are class A?
The drugs currently considered as class A in the UK include:
- Crack cocaine
- Ecstasy (MDMA)
- Magic mushrooms
- Methamphetamine (crystal meth)
What is the minimum sentence for conspiracy to supply class A drugs?
When it comes to sentencing for a conspiracy to charge offence and, in particular class A drugs, the judge will follow the Sentencing Council Drugs Offences Definitive Guideline. These guidelines take into account a number of factors, and categorises the sentencing based on them. The factors include the quantity of drugs involved and the role of the offender, such as whether they were the leading, significant, or lesser role.
The minimum sentence that can be received is a high-level community order, but this is where the role played was lesser, and it is considered category 4. Therefore, if a different role was played and the category is higher, the minimum sentence you could receive could be different.
What is the maximum sentence for conspiracy to supply class A drugs?
The maximum sentence an individual will receive will again depend on the circumstances involved with the case, such as whether there are any aggravating factors and where the sentencing takes place.
For sentencing taking place in the Magistrates’ Court, the maximum sentence for conspiracy to supply class A drugs is either or both a fine of up to £5000 and/or up to 6 months’ imprisonment.
For sentencing that takes place in the Crown Court, a conspiracy to supply class A drugs offence could see either or both an unlimited fine and/or up to life imprisonment prison sentence.
What are the aggravating and mitigating factors?
Some of the circumstances which are taken into account include aggravating and mitigating factors.
Aggravating factors can increase the seriousness of the crime, and this reason means that the sentencing given in court could be stricter. Some of the aggravating factors that are taken into account could include:
- If the offender has previous convictions
- If the offender had a person under 18 deliver the controlled substance
- If the offender was over 18 and supplied the controlled substance on school premises during school hours
- If the offender was on bail at the time the offence was committed
- If the offender exploited children or vulnerable individuals to assist
- If the offender attempted to conceal evidence
- If the offender used weapons
Mitigating factors are opposite to aggravating factors, meaning that they can sometimes reduce the seriousness of the crime and potentially lessen the penalty received. Examples of mitigating factors could include:
- If the offender was involved due to pressure/intimidation
- If the offender only supplied drugs they were addicted to
- If the offender had no previous convictions
- If the offender shows remorse for their actions
- If the offender has good character
- If it was an isolated incident
- If the offender was under 18 years old and/or lacks maturity
- If the offender has a mental disorder or learning disability
- If the vulnerability of the offender was exploited