Drug Charges


Drug charges in Ontario are treated as serious crimes and are vigorously prosecuted by the Federal Crown. A conviction on drug charges can have far reaching consequences, including fines and possible jail time, irreparable damage to your personal and professional reputation, and your ability to pursue future employment opportunities. A conviction can also severely limit your ability to travel, especially to the U.S. If you are under investigation for, or have been charged with a drug-related crime, you need to secure the services of a qualified and competent criminal lawyer who is experienced in dealing with drug crimes. At Cugelman & Eisen, our skilled criminal defence lawyers are familiar with the most up-to-date legal developments in this complex and changing area of law, and will work tirelessly to formulate and present the best possible defence on your behalf.


Understanding Drug Charges

Drug charges come in many forms, including simple drug possession, possession for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking in drugs, the manufacturing or production of drugs or drug paraphernalia, export or import of drugs, unlawful possession of prescription medications, and conspiracy to commit any sort of drug crime. Each of these criminal charges comes with its own set of legal elements, which the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt. Canadian drug laws deal with many different types of controlled substances, including marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, methamphetamine, prescription medications, and many other drugs that are outlined in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Cugelman & Eisen’s criminal defense lawyers are knowledgeable in all areas of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and will be able to assess how the law applies to your unique case.

In addition to the complex legal issues, the procedures involved in a criminal prosecution can be confusing and overwhelming. We can help you navigate every step of the process, from initial police investigations and questioning all the way through your trial, and everything in between. For example, after you are arrested on drug charges, you may be held in custody pending a bail hearing, where you must show the court why you should be released on bail. We can assist in securing your release on bail while you await your trial. Often these cases involve challenges to the Crown’s evidence by way of Charter of Rights arguments involving unreasonable search or seizure. As your case progresses, we will review the Crown evidence in detail to prepare for trial. In appropriate cases, we can explore the possibility of a plea bargain (which may reduce the charges or penalties you face). At every phase of the case, your lawyer at Cugelman & Eisen will keep you abreast of your options and will make sure that your legal rights are protected in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.


Cugelman & Eisen: Barrie Criminal Lawyers Who Will Fight For You

The legal team at Cugelman & Eisen has more than 60 years of combined experience in criminal defence, having prepared and argued cases successfully at all levels of the Ontario court system. They have built their practice on hard work, clear, continuous communication with clients, and an unwavering dedication to excellence in the field of criminal defence; today, Cugelman & Eisen is one of the most highly regarded law firms in the Barrie area. They work in all areas of criminal defence and handle all types of cases, including impaired driving, domestic and sexual assault, property offences, and more. Bernard Cugelman and Mitchell Eisen stay abreast of the latest developments in Canadian criminal law, which allows them to provide the most effective defence for every client. They can assist you through every phase of your criminal case, from police investigations, bail, and pre-trial hearings to trials, plea negotiations, and appeals. The law offices of Cugelman & Eisen are located at 89 Collier St. Suite 100, Barrie, Ontario L4M 1H2, or they can be reached by calling (705) 721-1888.

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