Drug charges are still very common in Canada and the potential consequences can become very serious if the quantities are too large or the drugs are especially bad or even for a string of minor offences. You may be tempted to take a charge lightly but if there’s significant risk in the future that you may be charged again, you can’t afford to start accumulating a record.
I understand that drug users come from all walks of life. When someone is actually charged with an offence it often has more to do with bad luck and bad timing than anything else. And police absolutely do target particular segments of the population whether intentionally or not. Those who are stopped and searched are the ones who end up being charged, while those who do not come to the attention of the police are not.
Very often a drug charge will come down to whether the evidence that’s been seized is admissible or not. Fighting the admission of that evidence will involve a Charter challenge, and I’m perfectly willing to do that for every single client. Some people will say if the drugs were found on you then you deserve what you get. I know that if the police were free to search anyone at any time we’d all be caught with things sometimes. That’s why we have protections against unlawful search and seizure, and you are entitled to those rights.