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There are many drug laws in the UAE. Dr. Elhais is experienced in offering a professional advice in all drug cases, including:

Drug Possession

This crime accounts for a substantial number of imprisonments in Dubai. According to Dubai’s General Department of Punitive and Correctional Establishments, about 1 out of every 8 prisoners in the Emirate have been charged with a drug-related crime.

Those who are discovered with a substantial amount of an illegal drug in their possession are likely to be prosecuted with the more serious crime of possession with intent to sell. This is a major distinction and it is important you secure the best legal help possible, in order to ensure you are not charged under an elevated crime and wind up facing severe penalties.

Severity of judgments rendered in drug crimes depends on quality and quantity of it in addition to the crime circumstances. Some personal circumstances are taken in to consideration like the age and past criminal record of the accused.

If you have found yourself facing a drug charge in the UAE, contact Dr. Elhais along with the team in Awatif Mohammad Shoqi Advocates and Legal Consultancy to arrange a comprehensive and effective defence for yourself in this sensitive situation.

Drug Trafficking and Transportation

The offence of drug trafficking covers the sale or exchange of drugs like marijuana, Tramadol and heroin. Drug transportation offences are similar but are designed to catch the major operatives in the drug trade, and apply to transportation of narcotics from one place to another through any mode of transportation at all. Because of the country’s committed policy to stamp out drugs, penalties can be severe and include:

  • Life imprisonment
  • The death penalty (for repeat offences)
  • Hefty fines
  • Probation

The severity of consequences you or your relatives could face in the event of a drug trafficking or transporting charge mean it is imperative that you choose criminal advocacy that will give you the best chance of fighting these charges. Dr. Elhais has successfully advised on such charges at all levels of the legal system.

Drug crimes in the United Arab Emirates

Drug crimes in the UAE are punished severely as the country has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to the recreational use of drugs.

The Federal Law No. 14 of 1995 on the ‘Countermeasures against narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances’ and its amendments the activities of buying, selling, producing, storing, transporting importing or exporting of drugs in the UAE unless if licensed to do so as per the medical and scientific regulations in force.

Banned drugs in the UAE are categorized as “Narcotic Drugs” and “Psychotropic substances” and are listed in schedules 1-4 and 5- 8 of the annexures to the said law. However, narcotic, psychotropic and other controlled drugs/medicines of class A or B are neither freely available in the UAE, nor can they be freely imported into the country. They fall under the controlled/restricted items category.

Due to the non-leniency policy, it is quintessential that you seek experienced legal advice from a drug crimes lawyer in Dubai particularly, as the severity of punishment for drug crimes can reach even up to a death sentence. Permanent deportation measures can also be ordered against a drug offender in the UAE, and a lawyer specifically experienced in drug law in Dubai will be best suited to advice you.

The UAE is a signatory to many international conventions on drug tracking particularly the ‘United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988’. In the recent years, the UAE government has taken measures towards educating its citizens and residents on drug control measures and about rehabilitative measures. The amendments to the Federal law no. 14 of 1995, particularly the Federal law no. 8 of 2016 has seen progressive measures brought in by the UAE government towards first-time drug offenders. Through its establishment of rehabilitation factifies, the UAE government encourages drug offenders to seek professional help. The families of a drug user are allowed to seek professional help by reaching out to rehabilitation centers across the emirates, and in such instance, the criminal liability is waived.

Drug crimes in UAE are ever on the increase, with the latest statistics reflecting that every 1 out of 8 crimes in the UAE might be pertaining to drug abuse. The sensitivity of drug abuse cases and its potential in causing permanent damages to an individual and their families call for seeking legal advice only from the most specialized and expert drug crimes lawyers in Dubai. It is important to understand that when concerning drug abuse matters, the UAE authorities follow a zero-tolerance policy even for what could be considered as a minor case. It therefore important that one does not rely on own conclusions in such critical matters, and immediately seeks legal advice from specialized drug crime lawyers in Dubai.

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