The Sentencing Counsel has introduced new Sentencing Guidelines (‘the new Guidelines’) in relation to drugs offences which will come into effect on 1 April 2021 and replace the existing guidelines which have been effective since 2012.
The new Guidelines reflect the nature of modern drug offending to include offences created by The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.
Sukhdip Randhawa of Kangs Solicitors outlines some of the changes.
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The new Guidelines are designed to provide clarity and transparency when sentencing those convicted of drugs offences.
The new Guidelines introduce aggravating factors that could increase sentences for offenders:
- guilty of exploiting vulnerable people by, for example, control of their homes and either selling or storing drugs at those premises,
- guilty of exploiting children in the operation of ‘county lines’ trafficking,
- where drug purity and distribution of new drugs are a feature of the offending.
The presence of these aggravating features may increase the culpability of an offender into the ‘leading role’ category and those who may have been considered low in the offending chain may also see the level of their culpability increased.
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