Sentences for Drug Crimes

In Spain, there are different sentences which depend on the type of drug. This means that someone could carry two identical weights of different drugs, but one could face a much heavier sentence. Why is this the case? The Spanish authorities take into account the risks which a drug poses on public health before imposing a sentence. Therefore, they consider the risks of the drug in question and the severity of the problems caused by its distribution on the black market.

The lawyers in our firm understand that the most severe penalties faced by drug possessors or traffickers are those involving MDMA, LSD, methadone, heroin, speed, and others which pose a high risk to public health. For these drugs, one can expect a prison sentence of between 3 years and 6 years, with an additional fine. Drugs which are considered to be less of a risk to Public Health, our lawyers know to be Marijuana, Rohypnol and other soft drugs. Our lawyers would expect a sentence for the trafficking of these drugs to be between 1 and 3 years, with an additional fine.


In addition to the consideration of the quantity and class of drug, Spanish authorities also consider any applicable aggravated circumstances which may be present in the case. For this reason, it is essential to contact a Spanish lawyer who can assess any additional factors which could be reflected in your sentence. Aggravated circumstances may cause a sentence to increase, due to the possible application of additional sentences, which may carry more severe punishment. In this category, factors include supplying minors with drugs, possessing an extremely large quantity of drugs (the excessive quantities are specified by Spanish Law), or belonging to a criminal drug trafficking organisation.

Similarly, it is possible that there may be attenuating circumstances, which could reduce your sentence. Our lawyers will be able to look at your personal circumstances and use them to help support your case.

Should you need further information, or legal advice with regards to drug-related crimes, please do not hesitate to contact our lawyers.

Disclaimer: This information in this article is not definitive, for up to date legal advice which is relevant to your case, please contact our lawyers directly.

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