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There is a ban from ordering anabolic steroids online and having them delivered to your address in the UK. Despite this being the case, there is still a great use of the drugs in the UK, particularly by bodybuilders and those looking to attain the perfect physique.
Anabolic steroids can cause infertility, splayed teeth and in some cases, their use can even result in death.
To help you to understand what the outcome might be as a result of being convicted of the importation of steroids offence, we’ve detailed the sentencing guidelines. Please note that a competent and experienced solicitor may be able to get a prison sentence reduced or even avoid it entirely.
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Here are some examples of the different laws that relate to the importation of steroids that may have led to the situation at hand.
Anabolic Steroids are controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act as class C drugs, but their legal status is complicated. In most situations, the possession offence is typically waived, and therefore, those who use steroids or possess them without a prescription are unlikely to be prosecuted. However, that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen as in some areas of the UK it has a history of happening.
Depending on what you are charged with, the typical sentence for possessing class C drugs is two years imprisonment and an unlimited fine. If you have imported enough for distribution and supply purposes, you could receive a sentence of 14 years and a fine.
The information that judges are given with regards to sentencing are only guidelines, and each case will be looked at individually. One of the factors judges consider in every case of this nature is the defendant’s level of genuine remorse.
Certain aspects of a case are known as the mitigating aspects which can influence the sentence that a judge gives. In this type of case, they can include:
In recent years, a number of changes have been made to the sentencing system in the UK to save the court time and cost and to protect witnesses from the stress of needlessly going through a trial. For offenders aged 18 and over, pleading guilty early on in a case can reduce a sentence by as much as one third (maximum). The later the plea is entered, the smaller the reduction.
A court can also make ancillary orders on a defendant if they are found guilty and convicted of an importation of steroids offence. These are extra elements that can be added to a sentence and include additional restrictions or requirements that affect a dependent’s finances, property or activity. For instance, if a company director has abused their position which resulted in a fraud crime, they can be banned from trading a particular business for up to 5 years or be required to make full financial reports for all their financial transactions for up to 15 years.
Ancillary orders include the following:
The court may enforce that a compensation order is applied in favour of a victim if they have suffered a personal injury or a financial loss. Compensation may include a community order, a fine or a prison sentence and be a stand-alone sentence or combined with another punishment.
When the defendant is viewed by the court as having benefited financially from the offence, the court may decide to enforce a confiscation order to reclaim any finances gained from the crime.
Financial reporting order
If the court believes that the defendant is likely to be involved in future offences, they may decide to enforce the defendant to report their financial affairs on a regular basis. A financial reporting order can last for up to 15 years.
Serious crime prevention order
This is the most stringent order to be given by a court and can influence several different aspects of the life of the convicted person. It may include
The convicted person may also be enforced to disclose personal and business information on demand for a period.
In addition, the court may demand payment of the following if the accused is convicted:
Payment of costs applied for by the prosecutors
Although the police meet some of the costs involved in the prosecution, the costs of investigation are typically sought from the convicted. These may include the costs of:
The term victims’ surcharges can be explained as paying compensation to a fund for victims and can range between £20 to £170 depending on what sentence you were given at conviction.
There are several national databases that hold information about individuals and any allegations made about them, their criminal and court records. These include the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) which was previously known as the CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) and the Police National Computer (PNC). Depending on what happened, whether the accused is convicted and what sentence was issued, the accused may be added to one or all these databases. Their purpose is to provide information to potential employers and to regulate the ability to take part in certain activities.
If your case progresses to court and you are convicted of importation of steroids offences, your conviction will be noted on your CRB / police record. The period of the endorsement will depend on the nature and length of your sentence.
Below are details on how long you will be listed as holding a criminal record if convicted. This is something very serious to consider when it comes to future employment. The term ‘spent’ refers to when your name can be removed from the databases.
(the time it takes for the sentence to become ‘spent’)
|Sentence||Adult (aged 18+) at time of conviction||Young person (aged under 18) at time of conviction|
|Prison sentences of more than 4 years||Sentence is never spent||Sentence is never spent|
|Prison sentences of more than 2.5 years (30 months) but less than 4 years||Sentence length 7 years||Sentence length 3.5 years|
|Prison sentences of more than 6 months but less than 2.5 years (30 months)||Sentence length +4 years||Sentence length +2 years|
|Prison sentences of less than 6 months||Sentence length + 2 years||Sentence length +18 months|
|Conditional Discharge||Length of order||Length of order|
|Conditional Caution||3 months||3 months|
|Simple Caution / Youth Caution||None – immediately ‘spent’||None – immediately ‘spent’|
|Other Including Compensation Order, Supervision Order, Bind Over, Hospital Order||Length of the order / once compensation is paid||Length of the order / once compensation is paid|
Our Criminal Solicitors have a creative approach to defending clients. We rightly deserve the reputation of ‘leaving no stone unturned’ in our quest to succeed. Importation of Steroids Allegations can be very complicated to defend, and they require expert knowledge, skill and strategic ability. Our Criminal Lawyers are pioneers of factual and legal defence arguments and will you stand beside you throughout the case.
Whether the Importation of Steroids Allegations involve the receipt of Steroids ordered over the internet or a Conspiracy to Import Steroids on a mass scale; our Criminal Solicitors are knowledgeable enough to give you the best advice from the very outset of the case.
We study the classification of each type of steroid, amphetamine or other products such as Growth Hormones and Insulin. We establish which product falls within the confines of the Misuse of Drugs Act and which other laws are being relied upon to prosecute. Ensuring the prosecution have proved, in law, that the products are unlawful for the purposes of importation and supply, we will instruct our own exert Drug Analysts to establish the authenticity of the product.
Sometimes for example, with expensive products such as Growth Hormones, the actual product being supplied is neither genuine nor consisting of the correct molecular structure to be classified as Growth Hormone. Similarly, we will ensure that the Steroids are tested and correctly prosecuted. Otherwise, we will move to dismiss the Charges.
Depending on the quantity of Steroids and other products and the number of people involved in the prosecution, we will devise the best defence strategy for you from the beginning and do our very best to protect your best interests and those of your family.
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