Drug Charges

Edelson Foord Law offers experienced legal defence and counsel in all drug-related charges throughout Ottawa and the surrounding area. Even with all of the progress made over the years pertaining to drug laws, and legalizing or decriminalizing certain drugs, the Crown does not take drug offences lightly. Some drug charges still carry mandatory minimum penalties, while other drug charges can lead to lengthy terms of imprisonment upon conviction.

Our lawyers routinely defend people charged with drug possession, drug trafficking, and drug production charges. We also have a wealth of experience defending people charged with importing drugs or who are alleged to have taken part in drug-related criminal conspiracies or organizations.


Don’t Let Drug Charges Derail Your Life

Drug charges and subsequent convictions can significantly affect your life. While these charges can carry heavy penalties like fines, probationary terms, and often jail time — they can also impact your future long after you’re done serving your sentence. Our criminal lawyers are here to offer options that can assist with your defence — we will make any and all constitutional, legal, and technical arguments that may get your charges withdrawn, pled down, or that can result in an acquittal if your matter goes to trial.

As mentioned, the consequences for criminal convictions related to drug charges can be severe. A prison sentence could follow a conviction for:

  • Possession of drugs
  • Possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking
  • (Actual) Trafficking of drugs
  • Exporting or importing drugs
  • Production of drugs and illegal cultivation of marijuana

While the laws surrounding cannabis have shifted, possession of a certain amount, or illicitly obtained marijuana, is still illegal in certain locations and under certain conditions and can lead to criminal charges.

The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act has harsh sentencing for serious drug charges related to trafficking, exporting, and producing schedule I or schedule II substances. These charges can carry maximum penalties of life imprisonment for importing or exporting or producing certain types of drugs.


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Protect Yourself Against Drug Charges

Although the law surrounding drug prosecutions is expansive and complicated, rest assured the lawyers at Edelson Foord Law will exhaust every possible avenue to defend your case. Over the years, we have successfully defended countless cases relating to all manners of drugs, including but not limited to marijuana, benzodiazepines, fentanyl, cocaine, LSD, Ecstasy, ketamine, amphetamines, and heroin.

Drug charges will vary greatly depending on the severity of possession, importing, production, or and trafficking. Our lawyers are well-versed in the complexities surrounding drug-related charges and will rigorously defend your case from start to finish.

We handle cases that include:

  • Drug possession
  • Drug production
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Conspiracy
  • Drug offences involving weapons or firearms
  • Importing drugs and international smuggling

We remain up-to-date on the changing regulations of marijuana and other “recreational drugs” to successfully defend our clients. We’ll review and investigate every element of your case, no matter the charges, to protect your rights and ensure that the constitution was upheld by investigators, law enforcement, and the prosecution. We’re prepared and experienced in constitutional challenges that involve illegal searches and invalid warrants — along with recovering property, goods, or cash that was seized through forfeiture.



If you or someone you know is facing drug charges in Ottawa, the experienced and dedicated criminal defence lawyers at Edelson Foord Law are here to help. Feel free to contact our office by calling (613) 237-2290 or email us today to get in touch with one of our committed law professionals. We believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and we will work tirelessly to offer the representation you deserve. We’ll help you navigate the complexities of drug charges and protect your rights through dedicated legal counsel. Don’t let drug charges ruin your future.

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