Drugs into prison – sentencing at Sheffield Crown Court
Derby criminal solicitor advocate William Bennett recently represented a client appearing before Sheffield Crown Court who had taken drugs into prison.
The substantial and powerful mitigation that William was able to put forward permitted the judge to depart from what would have usually been substantial sentence of immediate imprisonment.
Drugs into Prison
William’s client had taken both cannabis and anabolic steroids into a prison. He intended to supply a serving prisoner. The drugs were for onward supply in the prison.
At the time of the offence, our client had been a heroin addict. As a result he had placed himself in a position where he was vulnerable to pressure from his dealer. This was why he had committed the offence in the first place.
Powerful mitigation from client’s decision to change
William’s client had used the delay between initial arrest and sentence to good effect. He had managed to become drug free and secure employment. His guilty plea in this case was further evidence of a commitment to change. He had been undertaking weekly drug tests for a six month period. He received favourable reports from his work and was a doting father to his son. A letter provided by his former partner was able to confirm this.
The Learned Judge was unable to suspend sentence because of strong guidance from the Court of Appeal as to the need for deterrent sentences in such cases. He did, however, reduce the sentence dramatically from what was expected. William’s client received a sentence of only ten weeks, meaning that he was likely to be released having served a little over three weeks in prison.
‘All that could be said’
The case is a good example of an experienced Judge being able to show leniency in a case where an experienced solicitor advocate has said “all that could be said” for a realistic defendant. In this case, our client, while recognising that custody was inevitable, had demonstrated that he was committed to rehabilitation and his family.
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