In Canada, heroin is classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. While the penalties for possession of a Schedule I drug may include fines, jail time and other consequences, the penalties for trafficking a Schedule I drug such as heroin can be even more severe, even if you have no prior convictions.An individual convicted of trafficking heroin in Ontario could face a lifetime in prison, and anyone accused of this crime should speak with a criminal defence lawyer as soon as possible to develop a detailed strategy for challenging the allegations.In fact, a person doesn't have to be arrested while trafficking heroin in order to be charged with drug trafficking. Simply possessing a large quantity of the drug could result in a trafficking charge. This kind of upgrade in charges is typically left to the prosecution's discretion, so it is important to have a criminal defence lawyer intervene as early as possible to help minimize the consequences of the arrest.Every drug crime case is different, requiring custom solutions to protect the defendants' rights. The lawyers of Neuberger & Partners LLP take a detailed-oriented, custom approach to drug crime cases. In addition to investigating evidence and helping clients understand their options throughout the entire legal process, the lawyers of Neuberger & Partners work with clients to prepare them for trial.Because the stakes are so high, individuals accused of drug trafficking need experienced legal representation with a track record of success. To learn more about protecting defendants' rights in Ontario, please visit our drug charges overview.