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Toronto Drug Lawyer

Drug Offences

Richard has successfully defended clients charged with drug offences, including:

  • Possession
  • Trafficking
  • Possession for the Purpose of trafficking
  • Importing
  • Conspiracy

Being charged with a drug offence can be very serious. The consequence can range from a discharge, a criminal record and even jail. For certain individuals, especially persons charged for the first time, the collateral consequences of being found guilty of a drug offence can be worse than the sentence issued by the judge. For example, a conviction can negatively impact present or future employment and restrict your ability to travel, particularly to the United States.

Richard has successfully assisted individuals defend drug charges since 2001, including first time defendants, youth, and professionals. In certain circumstances, Richard can negotiate with the prosecutor for a result that involves no criminal record or even a complete withdrawal of the charges.

Winning Strategies & Defences

If the matter goes to trial, Richard has a long history of identifying winning strategies and defences, including:

  • That the Crown failed to prove his client had possession of the drug
  • Failure to prove the “nature of the substance” (that the substance was in fact the drug alleged)
  • Identifying violations of his clients constitutional rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, leading to the exclusion of the drug and a dismissal of the case
  • If the drug is located inside a residence, establishing that there were no grounds for the search warrant to be issued
  • Lack of proof that the drug was possessed for the purpose of trafficking

Schedule a Meeting

Richard is always available to meet with you one-on-one to review the evidence, answer your questions and identify strategies for a successful result.

Call today to schedule a no charge consultation if you or a family member is charged with a drug offence.

Richard acts for individuals facing drug charges in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Oshawa, Barrie, Hamilton, Newmarket and throughout Southern Ontario.

Drug Offences Case Successes

  • R. v. S.H. (Toronto)
    • Allegations: Police execute search warrant at S.H.’s residence. Locate loaded firearm, in addition to a large quantity of heroin and cocaine.
    • Defence Strategy: Application filed asserting violations of S.H.’s constitutional rights. That search was unlawful because the police misled the issuing justice and that the warrant was granted without reasonable grounds.
    • Result: Application granted. Trial judge agrees with defence counsel that S.H’s Charter rights were violated and all evidence must be excluded. All charges dismissed.
  • R. v. J.F. (Toronto)
    • Allegations: During traffic stop, police located quantity of drugs in centre console of vehicle.
    • Defence Strategy: Argue that police search of the vehicle was unlawful in violation of J.F.’s constitutional rights.
    • Result: Charges withdrawn by Crown without need for trial.
  • R. v. D. S. (Toronto)
    • Allegations: Client charged with conspiracy to import large quantity of cocaine through airport.
    • Defence Strategy: Application to stay charges based on violation of client’s right to be tried within a reasonable time as mandated by s. 11(b) of the Charter of Rights.
    • Result: Charges stayed by trial judge.
  • R. v. A. S. (Toronto)
    • Allegations: Client charged with trafficking in cocaine.
    • Defence Strategy: Establish that police search of A.S. violated his constitutional rights.
    • Result: Charges withdrawn by Crown prior to trial.
  • R. v. D.L. (Newmarket)
    • Allegations: Police locate drugs and firearm within vehicle that D.L. was driving during a traffic stop.
    • Defence Strategy: File application to exclude evidence based on police racial profiling of D.L. in violation of his constitutional rights.
    • Result: Charges withdrawn by Crown prior to trial.
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Richard Fedorowicz is a Criminal Lawyer Serving Toronto, Brampton, Newmarket, Hamilton, and Oshawa