Your Rights When Charged With a Drug-Related Crime in Calgary: Part 2

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In Part 1 of this article, you learned that despite the stigma created by the Calgary media and some members of the Calgary Police when it comes to drugs and drug use, everyone accused of a drug-related crime in Calgary has certain rights. Many of these rights, such as the right to be presumed innocent unless and until you are proven guilty in a Calgary court, are explicitly established by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

No one can take these rights away; no matter what the Calgary Police accuse you of or what crimes the Calgary Police decide to lay against you, it is important to remember that you have rights and that you deserve an advocate—an experienced Calgary defence lawyer—on your side. In fact, as also mentioned briefly in Part 1, your right to consult with a lawyer is also established in the Charter and is one of your most important rights when you've been charged with a crime. This is because your lawyer will help protect all of your rights and make sure you present the best defence possible against your drug-related charges.

Here are a few more right your defence lawyer will help you protect.

You Have the Right to Fair Treatment by the Calgary Police

The Calgary Police may detain or even arrest you on suspicion of a drug-related crime, but they must still treat you with fairness and dignity. There are also rules they must follow when it comes to observing, investigating, and collecting evidence. This is especially true when it comes to evidence like blood samples that may be used in a criminal drug investigation.

These rules can be complex and difficult for you to insist upon on your own—another good reason to contact an experienced Calgary drug defence lawyer, and to do so as soon as possible!

You Have the Right to Present a Defence Against Your Drug-Related Charges

Just as you have the right to be presumed innocent, you have the right to defend yourself against any charges of criminal behavior, including drug-related charges. There are many reasons you might find yourself incorrectly or unfairly charged with a drug-related offence, and there are many strategies for raising a defence against these charges. You are fully within your rights to raise as effective a defence as possible against any charges you are facing.

Not only do you have the right to raise a defence against any drug charges brought against you in Calgary, but you can also partner with a defence lawyer whose duty it is to see that you have an effective defence. A knowledgeable, experienced legal professional can help you better understand the law and better plan for your defence.

Defend Your Rights: Contact a Calgary Drug Defence Lawyer Today

If you've been charged with a drug-related crime in Calgary, contact a defence lawyer today to ensure your rights are protected. For a free initial consultation, please contact my office.

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