A man who grew cannabis plants at his home address has avoided a criminal prosecution following representation by Bhatia Best.
Following a tip off, our client’s home address was raided by the police and they discovered he had a grow in an upstairs bedroom. Along with the grow, the client also had a number of books on “how to grow cannabis” . A quantity of cannabis was also hidden at the address. Our client grew the cannabis in order to help with his depression and anxiety and out of interest, to see if he could successfully grow the plants.
Cultivation of cannabis is an offence contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.
Our client requested Bhatia Best to represent him at the police station and Colin Wilson (based at our Nottingham Criminal Department) attended out-of-hours to defend him. Notwithstanding the sentencing guidelines, Colin made representations to the police that it was not in the public interest to prosecute our client and the offence was not serious enough to warrant a criminal prosecution. Despite our client having previous convictions, Colin persuaded the police to deal with the matter by way of a caution, therefore avoiding a formal criminal prosecution through the courts.
Following the case, Colin said: “this case perfectly illustrates how instructing Bhatia Best at an early stage of a criminal investigation can pay off. On this occasion, the client avoided the stress of the matter being dragged through the courts as a police caution has brought it to a swift end. The cannabis will be destroyed by the police, but legally, he is entitled to have all the equipment and books returned.”.
If you are suspected of committing a criminal offence and the police want to interview you, always ask for Bhatia Best to represent you. Legal representation at the police station is free of charge and our lawyers will always fight for the best possible outcome.