Thursday, 19 February 2015
Sentencing Guidelines for Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Supply a Class B Drug in the UK
This is a basic sentencing guideline for if you are caught in possession of cannabis and are summoned to appear in a UK Court.
Cannabis is otherwise known as marijuana, hashish, puff, weed, skunk, sensimelia, pot, soap, ganja and many more - all Class B Drugs Category.
Step 1 - Determine the offender's role then the category of harm.
The offender's role
Leading role: Plays a leading position in organizing production, links to and influence on others, substantial financial gain uses fake business and abuses position of trust.
Significant role: Person Involved in operations at management level by pressure, intimidation or reward and motivated by finance with some awareness of the commercial scale.
Lesser role: Person performs limited functions, engaged by pressure or intimidation, through naivety, no influence on others and very little awareness of commercial scale.
The category of harm for Cannabis
Category 1 - 200kg Cannabis
Category 2 - 40kg Cannabis
Category 3 - 6kg Cannabis
Category 4 - 100 grams Cannabis
Step 2 - sentencing range guidelines for Cannabis Class B
Leading role: Starting Point: 8 yrs Category Range: 7-10 yrs
Significant role: Starting Point: 5 yrs Category Range: 5-7 yrs
Lesser role: Starting Point: 3 yrs Category Range: 2-5 yrs
Leading role: Starting Point: 6 yrs Category Range: 4-8 yrs
Significant role: Starting Point: 4 yrs Category Range: 2-5 yrs
Lesser role: Starting Point: 1 yr Category Range: 26w-3 yrs
Leading role: Starting Point: 4 yrs Category Range: 2-5 yrs
Significant role: Starting Point: 1 yr Category Range: 26w-3 yrs
Lesser role: Starting Point: Community Service Range Community Service – 26w
Leading role: Starting Point: 18m Category Range: 26w-3 yrs
Significant role: Starting Point: Community Service Range: Community Service – 26w
Lesser role: Starting Point: Community Service Category Range: Fine - Community Service
Aggravating Features – Will increase your Sentence if applicable
At this point the prosecution will look at facts surrounding your case and increase your sentence if any of the following conditions apply.
Aggravating factors including previous convictions, use of under age 18 people in your operation, crime committed within the vicinity of a school, offense committed on bail, attempts to conceal or dispose of evidence, presence of minors, presence of weapons, high purity, failure to comply with current court orders and community impact will all be looked at so try to make sure as little of these apply as possible.
Mitigating Features – Will decrease your sentence if applicable
Mitigating features will be looked at to determine if you are of good character and there were circumstances to which you should receive credit.
This will including looking at if there is evidence of involvement due to pressure or naivety, supply of a drug you are addicted to helps, Mistaken involvement in own actions, weather it is an isolated incident (will not happen again), Low purity, no previous convictions or nothing relevant, offenders vulnerability, remorse for your offense, good character such as owning a business or showing good character in court, steps taken to change (help with addiction), lack of maturity (if you are under 18), mental disorder or learning disability and if you are the sole or primary carer looking after someone else.
Consider factors which indicate a reduction such as assistance to the prosecution
Reduction for guilty plea
Increase if more than one offense or the offender is already serving.
Confiscation and ancillary orders; including POCA, forfeiture orders and destruction orders
Reasons explanation for sentence – extenuating circumstances count
Consider time spent on remand in custody or bail.
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