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Alleged car theft results in drug charges

There are a variety of situations that could lead to someone being arrested for committing an alleged crime. Recently we wrote about drug charges that were laid after a sweep was conducted in Toronto. While that is one way in which charges could arise, it is not the only one. Other times tips from other citizens could prompt police to take action. The recent arrest of three individuals in Toronto provides a good example of this. 

Police became involved with those people after receiving a call reporting the theft of a vehicle. While that early morning assumption turned out to be untrue, in addition to the three people occupying the car, police also found a firearm that was loaded, marijuana and cocaine. Those discoveries lead to a total of 54 charges. Among others, those charges include:

  • Possession of cocaine
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine
  • Possession of marijuana

There is no question that drug charges alone can result in serious consequences if the accused is convicted. Weapons charges make the potential penalties even worse.

To try to avoid such an outcome most people who find themselves in this situation find it beneficial to work with a criminal defence lawyer to craft a defence. Taking this course of action could result in a reduction of charges or even a dismissal or acquittal entirely.

The approach a lawyer will take in a defence will depend on the specific circumstances. Accordingly, it is generally best to find someone who has a thorough understanding of the best possible approaches.