Thailand is one of South East Asia’s countries with strict drug laws and harsh penalties, especially in cases where large quantities of an illegal substance or drug trafficking is concerned. People accused of possessing or distributing illegal drugs, when incarcerated, have the right to a legal attorney. With that being said, police force in Thailand has been granted quite a considerable amount of authority when it comes to searching people and properties without a warrant as well as seizing illegal drugs which makes Thailand quite different from most countries in the west.
Methamphetamines (Yaba or Ice) is considered a Schedule I drug, which means it bears the harshest penalties compared to other drugs available in Thailand. Any individual who is found to be guilty of using or possessing any drugs from Category 1, which also involves Ecstacy and Heroin will be facing up to 10 years in prison and THB 200,000 of penalties. People who are caught with more than 20 Grams of these substances will be facing even harsher sentences which can include the death penalty.
In Thailand, when a person is caught by the authorities on drug charges, they are considered innocent until it is decided otherwise by the court. While in detention, individuals have rights that in most cases, they are unaware of. For example, requesting a bail from the court and a forensic analysis to determine guilt is a process that an attorney in Thailand can help with. When an individual is caught with drugs, it is under the authority of the police on whether they will request a urine test from the suspect. In case the suspect is also a user, they can be considered to be suffering from an illness and they will be provided certain rights while in detention and afterwards.
At Ratchada Law Firm, we have experience dealing with many drug cases with a variety of scales and different parties involved. If you or one of your loved ones are detained by the authorities in Thailand, it is very important to know that you will be needing a competent legal representative as soon as you arrive to the police station for further investigation. At Ratchada Law Firm, we make sure you are aware of your rights and will be with our clients every step of the way.