The actions planned don’t need to be illegal in themselves, but if they are intended to contribute to a crime being committed, then that’s enough for a prosecution to take place.
The law comes down hard on those suspected of involvement with the supply of drugs, in particular, class A drugs as they are deemed to cause the most harm and be the most damaging to society.
The outcome of any charges will be dependent on the circumstances of your case are and the strength of your defence. It’s essential that you seek guidance from a legal representative with specialist knowledge of this area of law.
Have you been arrested or charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs?
If you or somebody close to you has been arrested or charged in connection to a conspiracy to supply class A drugs case, you will probably be feeling stressed, confused, worried and concerned about what’s going to happen.
In certain situations, you may have been falsely accused of being involved, when in reality you were unaware of what was happening.
In this article, we aim to answer some of your questions and provide you with the support and guidance that you need.
What type of actions are classified as Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs?
Keep in mind that when it comes to the term ‘conspiracy’, it means to agree, and in the law, this is interpreted widely. The reason it can be understood so widely is that it is not a term defined by legislation. Even being in the wrong place at the wrong time could be deemed of ‘conspiring’ to commit an offence. Also, to confuse matters more there is another classification known as ‘being concerned’ in the supply of class A drugs.
Here are some examples of conspiracy to supply class A drugs actions that may have led to the situation that you or your loved one now find themselves in.
Actions that could result in prosecution include:
Driving a car to collect a shipment of cocaine – although the actual act of driving a car is not a crime, it is illegal to be involved with managing the delivery of cocaine.
Being involved in planning the crime – even if you’re not planning to take part in the crime, the mere act of planning the crime could see you charged with conspiracy.
Participation in the deal – this includes being a courier, financial manager, look-out, go-between, agent, link in the supply chain or involved in the division of bulk drugs. Other roles include being involved in the reduction of the purity, weighing and packaging or dividing drugs into smaller deals or advertising.
You don’t even need to have the drugs on you to be prosecuted for conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Therefore, it’s essential to seek expert legal advice immediately.
Examples of Class A drugs include:
Methamphetamine (crystal meth)
What happens in a Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs Investigation?
If you’ve been accused of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, you will no doubt be feeling anxious about where this may take you. Being put into jail can stop you from working and providing for yourself and your family. You won’t be able to cover bills or spend time at liberty. Loved ones will need to come to the jail to visit you. Everything in your life feels upside down, and it’s a frightening time.
As explained above, every case is unique, and there is no guarantee of what the outcome might be. However, the general process will be to appoint an experienced legal representative as soon as you are informed that you are being charged. You can then take advice on how to navigate the case.
Once the legal representative talks with you, they will be able to examine what evidence against you. Your lawyer can then either work on having your charge dismissed or have it reduced to a lesser charge. For example, a lesser charge that would come with a smaller sentence is the ‘possession of a controlled drug’.
You may have been falsely accused of conspiracy to supply class A drugs
The term ‘conspiracy’ means ‘agreement’ but has not been defined by legislation. It is therefore common for people from all walks of life to be accused of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Even if you’ve taken part in text message conversations or conversations over social media, you may be placing yourself in danger of being accused.
The term ‘supply’ means to pass the possession of something from one person to another. There does not need to be a commercial gain involved for it to be an illegal act. The term ‘supply’ may even mean giving cocaine to a friend at a club. Supply could include distributing drugs, even with no financial gain or benefit.
What does the Prosecution need to convict you for Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs?
As long as the prosecution can prove that you were aware that drugs were being supplied and took action based on that knowledge, they can gain a conviction. However, if you take the advice of an experienced legal advisor, they may be able to construct a defence around you being unaware that a deal was taking place.
Evidence will be sought by prosecutors from the relationships you have with fellow conspirators. Communications such as telephone calls, including where you are at crucial times and social media messages will all be considered. There may be audio taken from listening devices and the content of text messages sent and received.
It’s vital for you to instruct a lawyer with experience of robustly challenging circumstantial evidence. It’s essential that the lawyer knows how to create significant doubt in the minds of the jury so that no conviction is possible.
Instruct a legal professional as soon as possible
As soon as you discover that you are identified as being involved in conspiracy to supply class A drugs, it’s crucial that you instruct a legal professional. Once you do so, the lawyer can begin constructing a strong defence to protect your interests and future.
What should you do if you get arrested or charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs?
As conspiracy to supply class A drugs is serious offence, it’s vital that you have a qualified solicitor to support you throughout the life of your case. With laws and regulations in constant flux, it’s unlikely that you would have a positive outcome if you attempted to represent yourself.
It can help to instruct a legal team that stays current with changes in the law and who continually review the changes taking place. It’s essential that you have access to the most current legal information and are provided with the best defence and advice available. Being supported through the entire process by somebody who will ensure that you get the best outcome is essential for your future.
Hiring specialist drugs solicitors knowledge will give you peace of mind. We advise that you get in touch with our skilled legal professionals as soon as possible so your case can undergo an assessment before it develops any further.
Even if you haven’t been caught with drugs in your possession, the police only need circumstantial evidence for the prosecution to secure a conviction. If you have a previous drugs offence, this will not go in your favour. It’s critical that the legal team craft a robust defence to convince the jury that you’re not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Can the police search my home?
The police can search your home as they will be seeking evidence to use against you. The authorities will have granted access to your property, and the police will carry through the search.
They may also search other premises known to be associated to you such as your workplace or a property you visit regularly and routinely.
Can my assets be frozen?
In cases involving conspiracy to supply class A drugs, a restraint order may be placed on your assets. A restraint order could financially cripple you, your family and innocent third parties.
It’s essential that you act quickly. You need a skilled solicitor to take fast action on any restraint order placed, challenge its validity and apply to have it dismissed or varied.
Your assets may be seized and retained by the police or even sold before your court case is determined. Any cash found at any of the properties or in your possession will be seized and efforts will be made for the cash to be forfeited.
What type of sentence could you get for Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs?
If you are convicted, the sentence for conspiracy to supply class A drugs is very harsh. You could get life imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both.
What mitigating factors may be considered in sentencing?
To decide what your sentence will be, the judge will look for guidance to the sentencing council drugs offences guidelines. The guidelines consider the quantity of drugs involved in addition to harm and culpability to determine sentencing, in addition to the role you have played.
Your previous criminal record, your familial circumstances, the role you played, your financial benefit and the level of sophistication employed in the offending will all be considered.
A specialist drugs solicitor will anticipate the worst case scenario and be prepared to mitigate on your behalf, with a view to persuading the judge to pass a lenient sentence.
Could you go to jail for Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs?
If convicted, you will almost certainly be given a prison sentence for conspiracy to supply class A drugs. However, if you seek professional legal advice immediately, there is a chance that a way can be found to have your case dismissed or at least have your sentence reduced.
In addition to being sentenced to prison, you may also receive an unlimited fine from the courts, your assets forfeited and a further set of confiscation proceedings will inevitably follow.
Does a conviction for Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs go on your criminal record?
If a conspiracy to supply class A drugs case is heard in court and you are convicted of the crime, your conviction will be recorded on your CRB / police record. The period of the endorsement will depend on the nature and length of the sentence imposed on you.
In addition, you will most likely face confiscation proceedings and the prosecution will seek to strip you from your assets or demand a further and additional term of imprisonment for not paying the money.
How Can Stuart Miller Solicitors Help?
We handle conspiracy to supply class A drugs cases regularly and have extensive expertise in this field. We can help you by recommending the best course of action to take to mitigate the outcome in your unique case. No matter the size of your case, get in touch.
Many people come to us for help when they’ve been charged with a drugs offence. We know the regulations inside out and will look at every case for the most active defence. Sometimes people are charged in error; if this is the case, we will look to see how we can get your case dismissed.
In short, it’s essential that you are correctly legally represented when you first hear anything about potentially being involved in a drugs offence case. By contacting us as soon as possible, we can typically get you a better result as we will proactively work on your case. We have detailed knowledge of the 1971 Act and the drugs involved in your alleged conspiracy.
What will happen when I instruct a drugs conspiracy lawyer?
When you instruct us to be your lawyer, we can then work on finding out the details such as why you are accused. Once you provide us with further information, we can then work on building you a strong defence. We have extensive experience and have handled many conspiracies to supply class A drugs cases.
As a result, you will feel a lot more at ease about the situation once you know that we are handling it for you. We have a specialist criminal defence team who are up to date on the law with regards to drug offences. Our team will meticulously prepare a strong defence that may even result in your being acquitted of all offences.
Would you like to discuss your case before instructing us?
If you’d like to have a no obligation chat with us before you instruct us to take your case, then call us today.
In addition to a free consultation, we can also represent you at the police station if you’ve been arrested. We can look at securing your legal aid.
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