Drug offences are serious. If you have been charged, an experienced criminal lawyer on your side is the key to a better outcome.
Due to the seriousness of drug offences in the eyes of the law, it’s imperative you get legal advice as soon as possible. With tough maximum penalties of up to 25 years imprisonment, your choice of criminal lawyer is an important decision. Mark Savic Legal will help you prepare for and navigate through this turbulent time.
With a reputation for achieving successful outcomes for clients, Mark Savic Legal will defend your rights and keep you informed throughout the entire journey.
Your drug charge likely comes under one of the following offences, as outlined by the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 (Qld):
- Possession of dangerous drugs
- Possession of things for use in connection with drug offences
- Producing dangerous drugs
- Supplying dangerous drugs
- Permitting place to be used for commission of drugs
- Trafficking in dangerous drugs
Of course, the most serious of the drug offences in both States is those involving some commercial aspect to the offence, like trafficking for example. But despite the Parliament in both States setting extremely high penalties for trafficking, the courts have shown (particularly recently in New South Wales) that being convicted of it doesn’t inevitably lead to imprisonment, provided the correct pre-sentence preparation has occurred.
Evidence which touches upon other matters found in the sentencing law of both States can, if presented persuasively, then lead a court to impose a penalty which doesn’t involve full time imprisonment. Concepts like the prospects of re-offending, (the degree to which the offending is responsible for the offending), and the scope of rehabilitation can also assist in producing non-custodial outcomes now.
What is a ‘dangerous drug’?
Drugs are separated into two categories, Schedule 1 and Schedule 2, with Schedule 1 drugs being classed as the most serious substances. Drug offences connected with a Schedule 1 drug tend to attract a harsher penalty.
|Schedule 1 Drugs (Part 1):||Schedule 2 Drugs:|
3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) [Ecstacy]
Schedule 1 Drugs (Part 2):
All anabolic and androgenic steroidal agents.
Gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) Diazepam (Valium)
Why Do I Need A Drug Lawyer?
Complex legal principles apply when such a consideration is being determined before a court. A person without experience with such matters will simply be unable to cope with those principles and how they apply to the circumstances of his or her case.
If you’ve been charged with a Drug offence in Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Maclean, Grafton, Yamba, Northern NSW, The Gold Coast or Brisbane, contact Mark Savic Legal today to discuss your options.