Narcotics and drugs

The German Narcotics Act (BtMG) regulates the handling of narcotics and comparable substances, for example, cannabis, cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, or methamphetamines ("crystal meth"). The criminal law on drugs provides for penalties for the illegal trade and possession of narcotics.

Even first-time offenders who only possess "soft" drugs often face heavy fines and lengthy prison sentences. Possession of even a small quantity is considered a crime with a prison sentence of no less than one year. In the case of serious allegations such as illicit trafficking in small amounts or gang and armed trafficking, the investigating authorities also regularly resort to particularly intrusive and sometimes cross-border investigative measures such as searches, surveillance, or the use of undercover investigators and agents.

In criminal proceedings in connection with narcotics and drugs, a criminal defense lawyer who takes into account the circumstances of the specific individual case and is familiar with the unique features and means of defense of cases involving narcotics and drugs should be contacted and instructed at the latest upon receipt of a summons as a defendant. Caution is also required when being summoned as a witness. In the case of unprepared witness statements, there is a risk that the witness will suddenly be listed as an additional defendant.

Examples of sexual criminal law:

  • Dealing
  • Possession and personal use
  • Production
  • Import and export
  • Therapy and rehab institutions
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