Meeno Chawla represented an American national who is an international DJ/model. She was travelling to London Heathrow for a content creation trip, she brought with her £750,000 worth of cannabis, which was vacuumed packed and concealed in her suitcase.

Meeno successfully provided a basis of plea, which enabled the Judge to pass a reduced sentence of 12 months imprisonment. The basis of plea set out that she was a courier only, she performed a limited function under direction and there was limited awareness. This case was on the cusp between category 2 and 3 on the sentencing guidelines, which meant the sentence considered was 18 months, however with the basis of plea demonstrating lesser role features and Meeno argued for 20% credit, she was able to mitigate to a 12 month sentence.

Meeno was instructed by Teagy Singh Grover from MTG Solicitors.

Meeno prosecutes and defends in a wide range of criminal cases. Meeno has a busy defence practice and is regularly instructed in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Courts dealing with a wide range of offences including drugs, fraud, robbery, domestic violence and sexual crimes. She has experience in dealing with young and vulnerable defendants in the youth courts and has completed specialist training with the Youth Justice Legal Centre.

She has a growing practice in Extradition, Proceeds of Crime and related areas and also accepts instructions in regulatory and family proceedings.