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Classification of Drugs

The Misuse of Drugs Act defines how different controlled drugs are classified. The classification of a drug affects how serious a drug offence is, and what the possible sentence could be if you are guilty of a drug offence.

Class A drugs are the most serious types of drug that the Courts can deal with. This includes heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), methamphetamine, LSD and psilocybin (magic) mushrooms.

Possession of a Class A drug can carry a 6 month prison sentence in the Magistrates Court or 7 years imprisonment in the Crown CourtSupply of a Class A drug is almost always dealt with in the Crown Court and can carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Class B drugs include amphetamine, mephedrone,  and cannabis. Possession of a Class B drug carries a maximum sentence of 3 months imprisonment in the Magistrates Court or 5 years imprisonment in the Crown Court. The offence and possession with intent to supply a Class B drug carries a maximum of 6 months imprisonment in the Magistrates Court or 14 years in the Crown Court.

Class C drugs include GHB, Ketamine, Diazepam and frequently prescribed tranquillisers. The maximum sentence for possession of Class C drugs is 3 months in the Magistrates Court and 2 years in the Crown Court. Supply of Class C drugs carries a maximum of 3 months imprisonment in the Magistrates Court and 14 years in the Crown Court.

For more information about the different offences involving control drugs, please click on any of the links below.

The Solicitors at Stephen Lickrish & Associates have dealt with a whole range of drug offences and have represented clients accused of offences ranging from possession of cannabis to the international importation of Class A drugs. We are experienced in dealing with serious criminal offences and represent clients with the highest professional standards. We represent clients in the Greater Manchester region and well as the North West and throughout the country. If you, or someone you know are accused of a drug offence, contact us to see how we can help you.

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