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Drug Importation

Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors – Drug Importation



The two main pieces of legislation relating to drugs offences are the Misuse of Drugs Act and the Medicines Act.


Prohibition of the importation and exportation of controlled drugs is contained in Section 3 of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.


The Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 (CEMA) also applies to drug importation and Section 170(1) of CEMA states:

If any person ...

  1. 1. knowingly acquires possession of:
  2. iii) goods with respect to the importation or exportation of which any prohibition or restriction is for the time being in force under or by virtue of any enactment; or

  3. 2. is in any way knowingly concerned in carrying, removing, depositing, harbouring, keeping or concealing or in any manner dealing with any such goods, and does so with intent to (removed as irrelevant) evade any such prohibition or restriction with respect to the goods, he shall be guilty of an offence under this section and may be detained.

Section 170(2) of CEMA 1979 covers the smuggling aspect of a drug importation offence.


Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors can advise on charges relating to Class A and Class B drug importation even before charge is brought.


In many cases, arrest for drug importation will involve a dawn raid and a lengthy police investigation beforehand to collect evidence of drug importation.


It is vital to seek expert legal advice from a specialist criminal solicitor with expertise in defending drug importation charges as soon as possible.


Duncan Lewis crime lawyers offer clients facing charges relating to drug importation robust criminal defence services – including thorough preparation of a case before it goes to trial and expert advice on plea bargaining and appeals against conviction and sentencing.


Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors are also able to advise on criminal charges relating to the supply, possession, and production of Class A and Class B drugs – as well as the importation of counterfeit prescription drugs or Class C drugs, such as anabolic steroids or licensed medications.


Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors can also advise Confiscation Orders under Section 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).


Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors – Our reputation for excellence


The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.


Duncan Lewis crime lawyers have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system – and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in criminal cases involving drug importation charges.


Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal – and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious matters such as murder and rape.


Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors – When to contact us


Clients do not have to wait until they have been arrested to contact Duncan Lewis about any criminal charges – our team can advise from the initial stages of a police inquiry, or if it is likely a client may be arrested to face a criminal charge involving drug importation charges.


Duncan Lewis crime lawyers can also advise on Civil Liberties matters such as wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and prisoners’ rights in custody – as well as advising on appeals against conviction or sentencing for drug importation charges.


All Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors are highly trained and highly experienced – and are dedicated to offering the best criminal defence services to our clients at police stations, courts and prisons.


Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors – How to contact us


There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide – including more than 20 offices across London and the southeast and in all major cities across England and Wales.


A member of the Duncan Lewis criminal defence team can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to offer expert legal advice on all criminal charges and for police interview under caution.


We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing charges relating to drug importation charges – call Duncan Lewis any time on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice.


For 24/7 help at a police station in England and Wales, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.


Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors – Legal Aid & Private Client –Drug Importation Charges


Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services –Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.


Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting.


In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.


In some criminal cases, after the event insurance may be an option and Duncan Lewis will advise on an appropriate level of insurance to cover the potential costs of defending a criminal case and to pay any costs imposed by the court.


Call Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors to discuss drug importation charges on 020 7923 4020.

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