Drug Charges Explained
Drug charges are a serious offence that may result in imprisonment. If you are facing drug charges or have been charged with a drug offence, then it is imperative that you contact George Sten & Co Criminal Lawyers for their specialised legal advice. With over 50 years experience in this area of law, our criminal lawyers will be able to assist you in building your case and gaining the best possible result.
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Being convicted of a drug offence is extremely serious and can have adverse effects on all aspects of your life. The sooner you contact our criminal lawyers, the sooner you will know how we can help you. Our drug defence lawyers are dedicated to ensuring the best possible result and can be contacted 24 hours a day. So call George Sten & Co on (02) 9261 8640 to book an appointment.
What is a drug charge?
There are several different types of drug charges in New South Wales. Each offence differs in regard to the type of drug involved, what the drug is used for, whether you plan to use, supply, administer, cultivate or import the drug.
In New South Wales, the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 contains the majority of drug offences. The offences are separated into 2 sections, summary offences and indictable offence. Summary offences are heard in a Local Court. These offences mostly involve the possession of drugs and the supply of drug paraphernalia.
Indictable offences are the more serious and therefore may be heard in higher courts such as the District Court and the Supreme Court. Mostly, these offences involve the supply, manufacture and importation of prohibited drugs.
There are also some drug offences dealt with in the Crimes Act 1900. These offences deal with the use of drugs to influence other people. The offences include:
- Procuring a person for prostitution by drugs;
- Administering drugs to a women with intent to cause miscarriage
- Using an intoxicating substance to commit an indictable offence
- Driving a vehicle with illicit drug present in blood.
Drug Possession Charges
In order to be charged with possession of a prohibited substance, the prosecution must prove that you are physically in possession of said substance. There is also a mental element to this offence; the prosecution must prove that you are aware that the substance or item in your possession is illegal. For possession of a prohibited drug, you can be sentenced to up to 2 years imprisonment and be liable to pay 20 penalty units.
Examples of drug offences
There are several different drug offences, some of which include:
- Possession of a prohibited drug
- Manufacture and production of a prohibited drug
- Supply of a prohibited drug
- Importation of a prohibited drug
When prosecuting each of these offences, the prosecution will consider the quantity of prohibited substance involved. This quantity dictates the level of offence and the penalty, which will apply. Depending on the seriousness of your offence, you could be up for 2 years imprisonment and 20 penalty units or at the most extreme, life time imprisonment.
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If you have been charged with a drug offence, it is crucial that you seek urgent legal advice. For specialised drug defence lawyers, contact George Sten & Co Criminal Lawyers. We are here for you 24/7 and can be contacted around the clock on 0412 423 569. During business hours, call us on (02) 9261 8640 or email us.
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