While drug trafficking charges require actual evidence of a sale, it is sometimes easier for police to charge people with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (PPT).
People are charged with PPT, because they are allegedly in possession of a large quantity of drugs. Additional incriminatory evidence might include scales, packaging material, score sheets or cell phones. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking is a serious offence. The penalties that come with a conviction are virtually the same as those that come with drug trafficking. Crown Counsel almost always seeks a jail sentence.
At Mines & Company, we know how to defend against these serious charges. We have more than 20 years of experience that we will put to work to benefit you.
In one of our recent successes (R. v. G.B. in Vancouver Provincial Court), our client was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking ecstasy and marijuana. The Crown initially sought jail time. We convinced the crime to reduce the charge to simple possession. The court granted a conditional discharge. No jail time.
Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking or Simple Possession?
What is the difference between simple possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking? This is a question of intent to sell, and intent can be argued. In the eyes of the Crown, a large quantity may be enough to imply that marijuana or another drug is going to be sold, even though the accused intended it for personal use. In these cases, one of our strategies involves negotiating charges down to the much less severe charge of simple drug possession.
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