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  • No Convictions for all Clients Charged with Drug Possession at Stereosonic

    Our expert defence team recently represented nine clients who were charged with drug possession at Stereosonic 2014. Our clients came from all walks of life and held jobs in various fields. Three of them were also students. Each of our clients had been caught with between 2 and 9 ecstasy pills. One of those clients received two drug possession charges as he was caught with 7 ecstasy pills and a little over 1 gram of cocaine. All of our clients wished to plead guilty and our expert drug defence lawyers represented them at each court date, as well as the final sentencing hearing. As always, our lawyers spent considerable amounts of time working on each case and preparing compelling sentencing submissions which emphasised the need for a lenient penalty. Despite the fact that some of our clients were caught with numerous pills, our outstanding advocates were able to persuade the magistrate in Burwood Local Court to impose section 10s in every case. This means that while the court accepted their guilty pleas, the offence was not recorded on their criminal records. Our clients therefore avoided the negative consequences which can flow from having a criminal record.
  • Bail granted for Commercial Drug Importation

    Our drug law specialists recently represented a 26-year-old Columbian man who was alleged to have imported 63 kilograms of methamphetamine into Australia from South America.

    He was charged with commercial drug importation under the Commonwealth Criminal Code.

    The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.

    Despite a strong prosecution case and the seriousness of the charges, our experienced drug lawyers were able to persuade the magistrate to grant our client bail.

    This means that our client is able to remain at liberty in the community until his matter is heard in court.

    We were able to achieve this desirable outcome thanks to the efforts of our dedicated drug law experts, who spent a considerable amount of time preparing written submissions to the court which emphasised factors such as delays with the prosecution serving evidence, the length of time that our client would spend in prison before his trial, and his need to be free to assist in preparing his case.

    This fantastic result means that our lawyers can now work with our clients to secure the best possible outcome in his case.

    There have been significant amendments to the Bail Act in recent times, and it certainly pays to have a lawyer on your side who is familiar with these changes.

    Our senior lawyers regularly prepare bail applications in the Local, District and Supreme courts and have an expert understanding of bail laws.

    Our expert knowledge and experience is reflected in our ability to obtain bail for our clients in even the most serious drug cases, such as this one.
  • ‘Section 10s’ for all clients charged with drug possession at Harbourlife Music Festival

    The annual Harbourlife Music Festival was held on the 8th of November this year.

    Three of our clients were charged with drug possession after police found various types of drugs upon them, including 7 ecstasy pills, marijuana, cocaine and ice.

    Thankfully, our highly experienced senior drug lawyers took the time to carefully prepare ‘sentencing submissions’ which emphasised the need for a lenient penalty.

    As a result of the hard work and dedication of our expert lawyers, all of our clients walked away with ‘section 10s.’

    A ‘section 10’ is where you are found guilty of an offence, but no conviction is recorded on your criminal record.

    This means that each of our clients is able to get on with their lives without worrying about how a criminal conviction could affect their employment or travel plans.

    Our lawyers frequently obtain ‘section 10s’ in drug possession and supply cases.

    These phenomenal results highlight the value of having an experienced drug law specialist on your side.
  • Section 10 and No Licence Disqualification for Drug Driving

    Our expert drug lawyers recently represented a client who was charged with driving under the influence of a prohibited drug (DUI).

    He was pulled over by police after it was alleged that he was veering between lanes without indicating.

    Police then alleged that they smelt cannabis inside the vehicle when speaking to our client.

    When asked about the smell, our client admitted that he had smoked cannabis prior to being pulled over by police.

    He also handed over a joint that was inside the car.

    Police conveyed out client to hospital where blood and urine samples were taken from him. The samples revealed that our client had high concentrations of THC in his blood and urine.

    In court, our highly experienced drug lawyers argued that our client suffered from various medical problems, such as severe hernia pain.

    It was argued that if his licence were disqualified, our client would be unable to attend medical appointments, and further, catching public transport would be difficult due to the severity of the pain suffered.

    Our lawyers also argued that our client used cannabis as a form of pain relief, rather than for recreational purposes.

    Despite the strength of the case against our client, as well as his lengthy driving record, our drug law specialists were able to persuade the magistrate to impose a ‘section 10.’

    This means that while our client was found guilty of the offence, the charges will be not recorded on his criminal record.

    It also means that he avoids having his licence disqualified.

    This fantastic outcome means that our client is able to continue working and travelling without the charges severely impacting his life.

    Our drug lawyers regularly represent clients in DUI cases and have a proven track record of obtaining excellent results such as ‘section 10s.’
  • Bail Granted for Drug Importation Charges

    Our 26 year old client was charged with possessing 4.75kg of imported cocaine.

    The large amount of this drug attracts extremely heavy penalties, including life imprisonment.

    Our client also had a prior conviction for drug supply in the USA and was not an Australian citizen, nor did he have links to the Australian community.

    Despite these unfavourable circumstances, the specialist defence team from Sydney Drug Lawyers was able to get our client bail.

    This was a fantastic result given the seriousness of the charges and shows that it pays to have the experts on your side.
  • Not Guilty for Ongoing Drug Supply

    Our 26 year old client was charged with supplying ice and ecstasy on an ongoing basis.

    Prosecution evidence against our client was strong and included police surveillance of our client as well as telephone intercepts which allegedly showed that our client supplied drugs.

    However, our dedicated and experienced lawyers were able to convince the District Court Judge to dismiss all charges – meaning that our client was found ‘not guilty.’

    He is now able to get on with his life without being marred by a criminal conviction.
  • Drug Supply Charges Downgraded and No Conviction for Drug Possession

    Our 30 year old client was charged with supplying a prohibited drug.

    Our lawyers were able to convince police to downgrade this to a ‘drug possession’ charge, to which our client pleaded guilty.

    Our highly-experienced advocates then stressed the negative impact that a conviction would have upon our client’s employment prospects, and accordingly the Magistrate was persuaded to issue a ‘section 10.’

    This meant that our client did not receive a conviction on his criminal record and was free to pursue his chosen career.

    Our client benefited from the experience of our specialist drug defence team, and was able to obtain the best possible result in his case.
  • Possession Charges Dismissed and Costs Awarded

    Our 26 year old male client was charged with ‘drug possession’ after police found ecstasy pills and ice in his bedroom drawer.

    However, our highly experienced lawyers argued that there was a possibility that the drugs belonged to our client’s girlfriend.

    Accordingly, police were unable to prove ‘exclusive possession’ – in other words, the police were unable to prove that the drugs belonged only to our client.

    We were also able to get the police to pay for our client’s legal fees as they should have investigated the possibility that the drugs belonged to our client’s girlfriend.

    This was a great outcome as our client escaped conviction and was able to get on with his life without having to worry about paying for his legal expenses.

    It just goes to show that sometimes, having a knowledgeable specialist drug lawyer on your side pays for itself!
  • Section 10 for Drug Possession Despite Criminal Record

    Our client was a 33 year old male who was charged with ‘drug possession’ after he was found with 5 ecstasy pills.

    He had previously had a criminal conviction in 2006, as well as a ‘section 10’ in 2004.

    Our expert defence team encouraged our client to attend counseling, write a letter of apology, and obtain character references from his employer.

    At sentencing, our expert lawyers drew attention to the positive steps our client had taken in getting counselling and demonstrating remorse in his letter of apology.

    We also highlighted the impact that a drug conviction would have on his career and future.

    Thanks to these compelling arguments, our lawyers were able to convince the Magistrate to issue a ‘section 10,’ which is where no conviction is recorded.

    This was a fantastic result, especially since our client had a previous criminal record and had already obtained a section 10 in the past.
  • Drug Supply and Goods in Custody Charges Dropped; Section 10 for Possession of Indictable Quantity

    Our 20 year old client was charged with ‘drug supply’ and ‘goods in custody.’

    However, thanks to the hard work of our specialist drug lawyers, we were able to convince the DPP to drop these charges.

    Instead, our client pleaded guilty to a single count of ‘possessing an indictable quantity of ecstasy pills.’

    Our lawyers then fought hard to present his case in the most positive light, and were able to secure a ‘section 10,’ which is where you are found guilty but no conviction is recorded on your criminal history.

    This meant that our client was free to pursue his career as an engineer – ordinarily, had a conviction been recorded, he may have faced difficulties in applying for jobs.

    This is yet another wonderful result obtained thanks to the skills of our highly-respected drug lawyers.
  • Drug Supply and Drug Possession Charges Dismissed

    Police charged our 22 year old client with ‘drug supply’ and ‘drug possession.’

    They alleged that he threw 2 bags of cocaine into the bushes when he was approached by police and a sniffer dog.

    Our client pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges, and with the help of our experienced criminal defence team, he was able to convince the Magistrate that someone else may have thrown the drugs into the bushes.

    As a result, all charges were dismissed and our client was found ‘not guilty.’

    This excellent result was obtained because of the expert knowledge and skills of our highly experienced specialist drug lawyers.
  • Deemed Supply Charges Downgraded and No Conviction for Drug Possession

    Our client was a 51 year old male who was charged with ‘deemed supply’ after he was found with 12 ecstasy pills and a quantity of ketamine.

    Our skilled lawyers worked hard to have his deemed supply charge downgraded to ‘drug possession.’

    Our lawyers were able to obtain a ‘section 10’ by drawing attention to his clean criminal record and his prior good character.

    This shows how valuable a specialist drug lawyer can be when it comes to securing a positive outcome in your drug case.
  • Drug Supply Charges Dropped and Section 10 for Drug Possession

    Our client was a 23 year old male who was in his final year of law school.

    He was caught with 4 pills containing ecstasy and 9 pills containing amphetamines.

    Due to the large number of pills, our client was charged with ‘drug supply.’ However, our lawyers fought to have the supply charge reduced to a ‘drug possession’ charge, which carries much lesser penalties.

    Our lawyers then encouraged him to participate in the MERIT Drug Program prior to his sentencing, which he completed with great success. When it came to his sentencing, our expert lawyers highlighted his outstanding participation in the MERIT Program as well as his prior good character, and were able to obtain a ‘section 10.’

    This meant that no convictions were recorded on his criminal record, and he was able to pursue his career as a lawyer.

    Again, it just goes to show that having a specialist drug lawyer on your side can give you the best possible advantage when it comes to fighting the charges.
  • Suspended Sentence for Multiple Serious Drug Charges

    Our 22 year old client came to us worried about the prospect of going to gaol after he was charged with supplying 60 ounces of heroin and cocaine over a period of several months.

    He was charged with multiple offences including ‘supply drugs on an ongoing basis,’ ‘participate in criminal group’ and 11 counts of ‘supply prohibited drug.’

    These offences are treated seriously by the courts and generally result in a prison sentence – indeed, our client had fully expected to go to gaol.

    However, our highly-experienced principal, Ugur Nedim, was able to put forth compelling arguments which persuaded the Judge to deal with the matter by way of a suspended sentence.

    A suspended sentence is an alternative to full-time gaol. It is a good behaviour bond which enables you to go about your daily life provided that you stick to the terms and conditions of the bond.

    This meant that our client did not end up in prison, despite the fact that he had prior convictions – an outstanding result considering statistics for these offences showed that 100% of offenders went to prison.
  • Supply Charges Dropped and No Conviction Recorded for Drug Possession

    Our 20 year old client was charged with two counts of ‘drug supply’ and one count of ‘drug possession.’

    Our experienced criminal lawyers worked tirelessly to get the drug supply charges dropped outside of court. We then fought hard to obtain a ‘section 10’ for the drug possession charge.

    A ‘section 10’ is where you are found guilty of the charge, but no conviction is recorded on your criminal record. This is a best-case scenario outcome, as a criminal record can make it difficult to find work or travel overseas.

    The experts at Sydney Drug Lawyers are frequently successful in obtaining ‘section 10s,’ even in more serious drug cases such as ‘drug supply.’

    Because of this excellent result, our client is now able to move on with her life and pursue her career as a social worker.
  • No Prison for Supply of 1000 Ecstasy Pills and 79 Grams of Ice

    Our 27 year old client was charged with commercial drug supply after being caught on surveillance supplying 1000 ecstasy pills and 79 grams of ice.

    He pleaded guilty to the charges, however our expert defence lawyers were able to persuade the court to issue him with a ‘section 11 bond.’

    A section 11 bond allows the matter to be adjourned to allow you to complete rehabilitation. The court will then determine your sentence after you finish the rehabilitation or intervention program.

    Our client used this time to undergo a 9 month rehabilitation program at Odyssey House. During this time, he made significant progress in addressing his drug problems and eventually began teaching other people at the rehabilitation centre.

    When it came to sentencing, our expert defence lawyers highlighted his outstanding efforts in rehabilitation and fought hard to obtain a suspended sentence for his offences.

    This is a fantastic result given the serious nature of the charges. Thanks to the efforts of our senior defence team, our client has been able to continue his outpatient treatment and plans to start his own landscaping business.
  • Drug Cultivation Charges Downgraded and Good Behaviour Bond for Drug Possession and Personal Cultivation

    Our client was a 37 year old male who was charged with a variety of offences, including 'cultivating a prohibited plant for commercial purposes' for growing 14 large cannabis plants in his Camperdown apartment.

    He came to us after two other law firms told him that he would likely face 15 months to 2 years in prison.

    He was also told that due to the seriousness of the charges, he would not be able to participate in the MERIT program, and the matter would have to be dealt with in the District Court.

    However, with the help of the experts at Sydney Drug Lawyers, he was able to have the charges downgraded to ‘cultivation’ and ‘possession’ for personal purposes only. This meant that the case stayed in the Local Court, where the penalties are much lower.

    Our client was also able to undertake the MERIT Program and ended up with a section 9 good behaviour bond, as well as a number of small fines – a great result considering other law firms had advised him that he was facing gaol time.

    The specialist drug lawyers at Sydney Drug Lawyers frequently obtain excellent results in complex cases where other lawyers have given up hope.
  • Drug Possession Charges Dismissed – Illegal Search

    Our 29 year old client was pulled over by police, who alleged that he was speeding and driving recklessly.

    When speaking to police, they claimed that he appeared nervous and fidgety and was sweating profusely.

    Police then conducted a background check and found that our client had a previous drug conviction. On this basis, they searched his car and found 58 grams of cannabis. He was then charged with ‘drug possession’.

    However, our expert defence team argued that having a previous drug conviction is not enough to justify a search, and that our client’s nervousness was normal in the circumstances.

    The Magistrate accepted these arguments and found that the police had searched our client’s car illegally. The evidence of drugs was then able to be excluded on this basis and the case was dismissed.

    This shows how valuable it can be to have a specialist drug defence lawyer on your side with an expert knowledge and understanding of drug law.
  • Deemed Supply Charges Dropped and No Conviction for Drug Possession

    Our client was a 24 year old male who was approached by police in a nightclub after reports that he was selling ecstasy.

    Police spoke to the man and asked whether he had any drugs on him, and he immediately showed them a small plastic bag containing 8 ecstasy pills.

    As a result, he was charged with ‘drug possession’ and ‘deemed drug supply.’

    ‘Deemed supply’ is a unique charge that applies in situations where you have a certain amount of drugs upon you and it is automatically presumed that you intended to sell them.

    You can be charged with ‘deemed supply’ even if there is no other evidence to suggest that you intended to sell the drugs to other people.

    Despite the seriousness of these charges and the amount of drugs involved, our expert defence team was able to persuade the prosecution to drop the ‘deemed supply’ charge.

    Our client then pleaded guilty to the ‘drug possession’ charge, however his senior defence lawyer, Mr Nedim, was able to obtain a section 10.

    A ‘section 10’ is where you are found guilty of the charges but no conviction is recorded on your criminal record.

    Sometimes, having a criminal record can affect your ability to find a job or travel overseas. In this case, our client was studying accounting and was worried about how a criminal record would affect his ability to find a job after university.

    Thanks to the effort and hard work of our expert defence lawyers, he is now able to move on with his life and pursue his chosen career path.

    Again, this excellent result shows how you can benefit from the knowledge and experience of a specialist drug lawyer.
  • Charges Dropped for Drug Supply and Dealing With the Proceeds of Crime

    Our client was a 30 year old Italian male who was observed selling capsules at the AVICII concert in Centennial Parklands.

    He was searched by police who found 73 capsules and pills believed to be ecstasy in separate bags, as well as $770 cash.

    Police arrested him and charged him with ‘drug supply’ and ‘dealing with the proceeds of crime.’

    However, the substances were later analysed and determined to be a legal drug known as ‘Lofton,’ rather than ecstasy.

    Our senior defence team was able to fight to have the charges dropped even though the law says that you can still be charged with drug supply if the pills simply resemble drugs and are sold under the assumption that they are illegal drugs.

    However, our specialist lawyers argued that there was not enough evidence to show that our client was selling the substances as illegal drugs.

    As a result, the prosecution dropped the charges at an early stage, and our client was able to avoid a lengthy and costly trial, as well as heavy penalties.

    This is yet another example of an excellent result obtained thanks to the hard work and in-depth knowledge of our specialist drug defence lawyers.
  • Charges Dropped for Participation in Drug Supply Syndicate

    Our client was a 42 year old man who was charged with drug supply.

    Police alleged that he was part of a criminal syndicate that was involved in supplying heroin and ecstasy.

    They began a surveillance operation in May 2013 and obtained evidence including phone intercepts and video surveillance which showed that our client sold drugs on behalf of others who were higher up in the syndicate.

    Our client, along with two others allegedly involved in the syndicate, was charged with numerous drug offences including ‘drug supply’ for heroin.

    Despite the strong evidence obtained by police and the seriousness of the charges, our expert defence team fought hard to have the charges dropped on the basis that there was not enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that our client committed the offences.

    As the charges were dropped before the matter went to court, our client was also able to avoid the time and expense involved in a District Court trial.

    He is now able to move on with his life without a conviction on his criminal record, which could have seriously impacted his ability to work and travel.

    The other two persons who were charged with drug offences chose to be represented by another ‘general’ criminal law firm that was unable to have the charges dropped. As a result, they now face the stress and expense of a District Court trial.

    This goes to show that the knowledge and experience of a specialist drug lawyer can make all the difference when it comes to getting an outstanding result in your drug case.
  • No Conviction for Supplying 16 Ecstasy Pills

    Our client was a 24 year old woman who attended the Stereosonic Music Festival in Sydney. She was charged with two counts of ‘drug possession’ and one count of ‘drug supply’ after police allegedly saw her selling ecstasy pills at the festival.

    After searching her, police found 16 ecstasy pills which weighed 5.44 grams in total, as well as a capsule containing amphetamines.

    Due to the large quantity of drugs, the matter had to be heard in the District Court.

    Despite the prosecution having a strong case for ‘actual supply,’ our expert criminal lawyers were able to persuade the prosecution to amend the facts so that she was charged with ‘deemed supply,’ which is a much less serious charge that carries lesser penalties.

    Our client then pleaded guilty to one count of deemed supply.

    Sydney Drug Lawyers then put our client in the best possible position before her sentencing date by helping her collect character references and encouraging her to attend counselling.

    We then worked hard to persuade the court to deal with the matter by way of a ‘section 10,’ which meant that our client avoided having a conviction recorded on her criminal history and did not have to pay heavy fines.

    Our client was then able to continue her job as a Project Analyst without worrying about how a criminal record could affect her job.

    This was an excellent result given the seriousness of the charges and the large amount of drugs involved. Again, it demonstrates how valuable it is to have a specialist drug lawyer on your side who will ensure that you get the best possible result in your drug case.
  • Section 10 for Drug Possession of LSD, MDMA and Cannabis

    Our clients (two men and a woman) were travelling to the ConFest Festival in the ACT when their car was stopped and searched by police.

    Police found 5.5g of liquid LSD, 1 sugar cube of LSD, 4 MDMA/ecstasy pills and 2 grams of cannabis after a drug detection dog alerted them to the presence of drugs within the vehicle.

    When questioned by police, our clients said that the drugs were for personal use only. Consequently, two of our clients were charged with two counts of ‘drug possession’ for the LSD and MDMA, while the third was charged with ‘possession of cannabis.’

    They were represented by another law firm in the Local Court, where they were convicted of all charges and received heavy fines.

    Unhappy with this result, they then contacted Sydney Drug Lawyers and explained their case to Mitchell Cavanagh, one of our expert senior drug defence lawyers.

    Mr Cavanagh lodged an appeal against their sentence in the District Court, arguing that it was too harsh. He subsequently obtained ‘section 10s’ for each of our clients – meaning that they did not receive convictions on their criminal records and avoided the heavy fines originally imposed by the Local Court.

    Mr Cavanagh was able to obtain this outstanding result by presenting evidence in court to show that ‘section 10s’ are able to be awarded even in serious drug cases which involve large quantities of different drugs and numerous charges.

    Thanks to Mr Cavanagh’s expert knowledge of drug law and his excellent advocacy skills, our clients were able to get on with their lives without worrying about the impact of a criminal record.

    This case shows how valuable it can be to have a specialist drug lawyer on your side – our in-depth knowledge of drug law, coupled with our experience defending these types of cases allows us to obtain excellent results when other law firms are unable to do so.
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