Drug possession and other offences under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) commonly involve complex legal issues, like whether a search or detention was lawful, or whether certain evidence should be excluded from the trial under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The prosecutor is under no obligation to notify you when your Charter Rights have been breached or about weaknesses in their case. The consequences of a conviction under the CDSA could mean a criminal record, probation, a fine or a jail sentence, and issues with crossing the boarder.
Parliament recently enacted amendments to the Criminal Code that introduce new mandatory minimum jail sentences for certain types of weapon offences. Even when the circumstances of your case are extremely mitigating, charges with minimum jail sentences tie a judge’s hands to be lenient in your case. If you are charged with an offence with a minimum mandatory jail sentence, the importance of retaining a lawyer to review your case is magnified greatly.