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Don't let a drug charge ruin your life. Choosing the right drug possession lawyer can be the difference between a lengthy prison sentence or getting your charges cleared. Drug offences are viewed very seriously and can affect your reputation. Alberta Legal experienced collective of lawyers will help you fight your criminal drug charges. No matter what your drug charge is, our criminal lawyer in Calgary can help you defend it. Instead of having to call different drug possession law firms and go through consultation after consultation, our legal collective allows you to make one call and connect with our team. Contact us today to see how we can help defend your freedom.

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Are you currently being charged with a criminal drug offence in Canada? The criminal drug laws in Canada cover possession, trafficking, possession with the intent to traffic, importation, production and being involved in any of the above. These types of offences are prosecuted under the Controlled Drugs and Substances ActWhen you have been charged with a drug crime, you need a drug offence lawyer who understands the various drug offences, available defences, and will fight on your behalf. Our team of skilled drug offence lawyers in Calgary have a combined 98 years of experience defending clients across Canada.

It’s essential to have a drug possession lawyer who understands the law surrounding drug offences to protect you. Our team at Alberta Legal will defend you vigorously against any drug charge, including drug possession, trafficking and importation.

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All offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act are serious and, if convicted, may result in jail time and a criminal record. This is why it is so critical to retain an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.

If you have been charged with possession of drugs, an experienced drug offence lawyer will be able to guide you to the defence you deserve for your case. The sooner you can retain professional legal advice, the sooner we can prepare for your court date.

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Every meeting with a member of our legal team begins with a consultation. We will learn the facts of your arrest and charges and determine the strategy you deserve. The free consultation will also allow us to gain insight into your case and provide you with our experienced opinion.

When you decide to retain one of our lawyers, what you see is what you get. Your case is never passed down to a different associate. The drug charge lawyer you hire and build a relationship with is the lawyer who will represent you in court.

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Common Issues Our Drug Offences Lawyers Can Solve

Two issues typically arise in drug cases. The first is whether or not legal possession can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The second is how the police obtained the alleged drugs.

Other potential defences may apply, such as the proof of the substance’s nature, whether or not the drug was possessed for the purpose alleged, such as drug trafficking, or whether or not a specific activity took place.

Drug law is complicated, and having a drug possession lawyer in Calgary who has experience with the prosecutor and who knows and has advanced the available defences is invaluable.

What Classifies as a control substance

In Canada, there is no such thing as a minor drug offence. Even with the recent legalization of marijuana, drugs remain illegal and are viewed as a severe offence.

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Drugs are classified based on how seriously the government considers them, with Schedule 1 drug charges involving cocaine and its derivative drugs, opium-based drugs, or heroin being the most serious. A schedule 2 drug offence includes marijuana and its derivatives, such as oils, and are classified by weight.

Schedule 3 drug offence charges cover “designer drugs” such as hallucinogens, LSD, Magic Mushrooms, amphetamine-derivatives and other sedatives and stimulants.

Substances defined as “hard drugs,” like fentanyl, carfentanil, heroin and cocaine, carry more severe sentences than so-called “soft drugs” like marijuana. Marijuana charges are now prosecuted under the Cannabis Act.

Trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking in these substances now attract the highest range of sentence exceeding even heroin based on recent case law sentencing decisions.

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Charged With Drug Possession? 

Possession of drugs doesn’t necessarily mean physical possession, with the drugs being on your person. Possession requires the accused party to know about having a legitimate prohibited substance. Whether in their home, car, on their person, or with a friend, you can be charged with drug possession.

Typically, the most common drug possession cases in Canada are related to Schedule 1 and 2 drugs.

Many people believe being charged with possession requires personally holding or possessing a drug. However, one may be charged for simply being in the presence of someone with a drug. A group of people may be found guilty of joint possession.

This occurs if any member of a party is holding drugs with the knowledge, consent, and assisted control of others. Charges may also apply if an individual has stored drugs anywhere under his or her control.

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“Trafficking” is defined broadly and includes anything from transporting and selling drugs to merely giving someone a drug. For example, sharing an illegal drug may be considered trafficking. When you are found with drugs in your possession, the question becomes whether these drugs were for personal use or purchased with the intent to traffic.

The possession of drugs for resale and distribution to make a profit will make your charge much more serious. Being involved in a large illegal commercial enterprise is viewed negatively by the court, and it’s essential to have a team of skilled drug offences lawyers that understand this investigation process.

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Drug Importing & Exporting

Importing drugs into Canada is one of the most severe drug-related offences. Exportation is similar but focuses on illegal drugs and the transportation of those drugs out of Canada. These two drug offences are incredibly complex because they involve an analysis surrounding the transportation of illegal drugs and the border.

After all, a citizen’s rights are reduced when it comes to crossing the Canadian border. Importation charges are difficult because the offence originates outside of Canada. Tracking down this information and potentially countering it is not an easy task.

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Drug Production

Creating Controlled Substances

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The production of controlled substances is viewed as a severe offence by the Crown. Drug production refers to the creation of all controlled substances, including methamphetamines in meth labs, or the growing of marijuana in grow-ops. Even assistants in the growth and production process can be incriminated.

A property owner who knowingly allows others to use their premises for drug production may also face charges. Charges regarding drug production often come with minimum jail time.

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Our lawyers have successfully represented individuals charged with all of these drug offences. Depending on the nature of the offence, the illegal drug alleged, the consequences of a conviction can be severe.

This is why it is critical that you retain a lawyer as quickly as possible who is experienced with how these offences are prosecuted and who has successfully advanced the available defences. Our team is unique due to our experience and our creative collaboration. Contact us today so that we can get started on your defence.

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To avoid a criminal conviction, you need a well-practiced lawyer who has experience in all areas of criminal law. Hiring the right criminal lawyer could be the difference between walking free, reduced sentencing or spending the next 10 years of your life in prison.

Facing Charges

When you're under investigation for a crime, it's essential that you retain a criminal defence lawyer. We're here to guide you through the process and prevent you from incriminating yourself. lawyers are here for you from the beginning to the end of this process.

Sexual Assault

Sexual offences are a highly complex area of law. Retaining a Calgary criminal defence lawyer that understands sexual assault law and the rules of evidence is crucial for your defence. Our team has successfully defended many sexual assault cases and can help you find the outcome you deserve.

Drug Charges

Charges for possession, production and trafficking of drugs are serious and can come with lengthy sentences. Don't leave your freedom up to chance. Our team will defend these charges to protect your reputation and freedom.


Assault charges can be life-changing. Don't leave your defence to just any lawyer in Calgary. Alberta legal team will fight for your freedom at every step to find a resolution for your specific case.

Domestic Abuse

When you're facing domestic abuse charges, you may face fines, a lengthy sentence, and potentially lose contact with your family or custody rights permanently. We can help prevent that. Contact us for a free consultation today.

Fraud & Theft

Fraud is the most common white-collar crime charge. We can help defend your fraud charges to avoid facing fines or sentencing. Your life doesn't have to be derailed by a fraud charge. Let our team of experienced lawyers in Calgary help protect your freedoms.

Bail Hearings

Handling a bail hearing the right way is the difference between you or your loved one being released while waiting for trial or having to stay in holding until your court date. Let us handle negotiating the conditions of your release on bail.


Finding the right appellate lawyer will help you get your charges reversed. The appeals process can be complicated, and choosing the right Calgary lawyer ensures you will get your charges reversed and removed from your record.

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Jillian Williamson Calgary Criminal Lawyer

Jillian Williamson

(BSC, J.D.)

Jillian Williamson is an experienced criminal defence lawyer with a client-centred focus. She has experience as both a prosecutor and a defence lawyer, allowing her to understand exactly how the prosecution team thinks. Her expertise allows her to build a strong defence strategy, securing the outcome her clients deserve.

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Jim Lutz Calgary Criminal Lawyer

Jim Lutz

(Q.C., BA, LLB (HONS))

James Lutz is an established criminal defence lawyer with over 4,000 cases during his 30 years of practice. He has experience at every level of court and is in court every day fighting for his clients. Mr. Lutz does not shy away from high-profile cases and is here to defend you no matter what the criminal charge is.

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Alias Sanders Calgary Criminal Lawyer

Alias Sanders


Many senior lawyers regard Alias Sanders as "the most skilled appeals lawyer of her generation." She has a vast knowledge of criminal law that helps her take apart complex arguments in her client's favour. When you're appealing a conviction or sentence, look no further than Alberta Legal to get your charges reversed.

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Dedication, Support, Ethic, Knowledge, Experience, Sharp and Direct. All the qualities your are looking for in a lawyer, they have it all and some. But JILLIAN WILLIAMSON was my guardian angel. Being a Client, I was comfortable to blindly leave my fate in their hands. That was a real well placed investment in the future of my life. I second, promote, referred and all the synonym possible to anybody facing an up hill battle and needs the support and experience to help you go through it.

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As a family member of an accused person I can tell you that it's no fun to be there when your loved one is taken into custody by the police. My husband had the misfortune of being charged with some whit collar crimes for which we asked Williamson to represent him. I was thrilled with her communication since family members are often left in the Dark as to what's going on. She followed up with me to keep me assured that things were going to be just fine. She assisted in getting my husband released on a couple occasions and then she defended him on the charges he was facing. In the end he was found innocent thanks to Attorney Williamson's experience with the criminal justice system. If you're in need a lawyer for a family member who's gotten into trouble, I highly recommend Jillian Williamson without reservation.

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Jim Lutz and his firm did an extensive amount of work for our family to ensure a decent outcome! Mr. Lutz is respectable, meticulous and highly regarded by the Judicial system. I highly recommend his services as our family was honoured to have a qualified individual to represent our family.