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There are numerous offences a person can be charged with in relation to drugs. A mistake in your criminal proceedings can have detrimental effects on your future, which is why it’s important to seek legal advice as soon as possible from a reputable criminal lawyer.

With over 16 years’ experience in criminal law our Senior Associate Elizabeth Smith, oversees all criminal matters, to ensure your matter is handled with expert service & advice. Our team are here to guide you through the criminal law process from your initial meeting through to your Court outcome.

What is a Dangerous Drug?

Drugs listed under Schedule 1 are more serious drugs, which include but are not limited to:

  • Amphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Lysergide (LSD)
  • Methylamphetamine
  • MDMA & Ecstasy

Drugs listed under schedule 2 has over 100 less serious drugs, which includes but are not limited to:

  • Cannabis
  • Codeine
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Opium
  • Oxycodone
  • Psilocybin (also known as magic mushrooms)

What are Drug Offences?

The following are classed as a drug offence:

Possessing Dangerous Drugs
Possessing dangerous drugs is when a person has physical custody or control over a drug either on them physically, or in a house or property they occupy.

Possession does not necessarily mean ownership.

Producing Dangerous Drugs
Producing drugs is when a person takes part in any act required to prepare, produce or manufacture a drug.

Supplying or Trafficking Dangerous Drug
Supplying or trafficking a drug is when a person is supplying dangerous drugs for commercial gain, or if you have passed a prohibited drug onto others, for example your friends.

Importing Dangerous Drugs
Importing drugs is when a person imports or exports border-controlled plants and drugs.

What are the Possible Consequences?

The maximum penalty of your offence will depend on the type & quantity of drugs you have, and whether you were the drug dependent.

Below are the possible maximum consequences for being charged with a drug offence:

Charge Possible Consequence
Possession of Dangerous Drug Up to 15 – 25 years imprisonment depending on type/quality
Production of Dangerous Drug 15 – 25 years imprisonment depending on type/quality
Supplying of Dangerous Drug life (maximum)
Trafficking Dangerous Drugs Schedule 1 Drugs – 25 years imprisonment

Schedule 2 Drugs – 15 to 20 years imprisonment

Importing Dangerous Drugs Life of imprisonment OR; 7,500 penalty units ($154.80 = 1 penalty unit.)

Or in some cases, both.

What Do I Do if I Have Been Charged with a Drug Offence?

Criminal matters are complex in nature and usually time sensitive, missing a deadline or Court date can have serious ramifications.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a Drug Offence, the consequences can be detrimental to your life, which is why it’s important to seek legal advice about the situation as soon as possible.

We will help guide you through the process, and ensure you understand what is happening and what your options are to obtain the best result possible.

What can PD Law Help With?

  • Provide expert legal advice
  • Liaising with Counsel and other relevant parties
  • Preparing Brief of Evidence
  • Comprehensive preparation for sentence including researching comparative cases
  • Preparing & representing you in Court

If you or someone you know needs assistance with a criminal matter, contact our criminal lawyers today.

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