If you are facing drug offence charges, working with a lawyer who is skilled in this area can have a direct impact on the level of charge you face and the severity of the sentence that is handed down. For example, there is a vast difference between being charged with possession compared to trafficking, and the knowledge and expertise of your lawyer can play a part in determining the charges you face. As a criminal defence barrister with over 40 years of experience, I can help you achieve the best outcome available to you in your unique circumstances.
Drug offences will be heard in either the Magistrates’, County or Supreme Court depending on the severity. The Magistrates’ Court deals with minor offences (such as possession of small quantities) while serious offences are heard in the County and Supreme Courts (e.g. trafficking large quantities).
There is a great difference in the outcomes and sentences of drug offence cases depending on the type and severity of the charge. Engaging an expert in the field who understands the process intimately could (in the right circumstances) lead to reduced or withdrawn charges, or where applicable, a drug diversion program rather than a court appearance and conviction.
As with any charge, before you go on the record in a police interview, it is in your best interests to seek legal advice about your options. In some cases it is best to decline to comment, however, it can also be a good opportunity to tell your story and explain your defence in full.
Another important factor to be aware of is that if you plead guilty to certain trafficking charges, your assets may be confiscated or placed under a restraining order. This is another example of why talking to an expert drug offence lawyer as early as possible can impact the direction and outcome of your case.
There are a wide range of drug offence charges that may apply, many of which are related to the following areas:
For advice on a specific charge, please contact me direct on 0412 051 199.