According to Section 25 of the Drug (Misuse and Trafficking) Act, it is a criminal offence to supply or knowingly take part in the supply of a prohibited drug.
The offence of drug supply covers a number of different activities, including selling drugs, distributing drugs, receiving or developing drugs for supply, sending drugs to someone else, and agreeing to supply drugs. This offence also covers the storage of drugs intended for supply.
Pleading Not Guilty
If you wish to fight the charges against you, you will need to plead not guilty and defend yourself in court. The matter will then go to a defended hearing in front of a magistrate or judge.
Many drug supply charges are based on circumstantial evidence, which often has weaknesses. In the case of circumstantial evidence, the prosecution needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the only explanation was that the defendant was supplying drugs.
These charges can often be successfully defended by pointing out the deficiencies and gaps in evidence and providing a more reasonable explanation.
If you agree to the charges against you, pleading guilty can help you get a more positive outcome, or even avoid a conviction altogether with a section 10 order. Pleading guilty shows that you accept responsibility for your actions, and alongside demonstrated remorse, may encourage the magistrate to look more favourably on you.
Drug supply can come with harsh penalties, depending on the type and quantity of drugs involved. For an indictable quantity of drugs, there is a maximum penalty of 15 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of $220,000. For a trafficable quantity, the maximum penalty increases to 20 years in prison, and/or a fine of $385,000. For a commercial quantity, you face life imprisonment and/or a fine of $550,000.
Other less serious penalties for drug supply include:
– Good behaviour bonds
– Community service orders
– Suspended sentences
– Intensive correction orders
– Home detention
Why Sydney Drug Lawyers?
If you’ve been charged with drug supply, you can benefit from the knowledge and experience of the drug law specialists at Sydney Drug Lawyers.
Our lawyers specialise exclusively in drug law, which means that we have the in-depth knowledge and experience to ensure that you get the best possible result in your supply case. Unlike other law firms, our specialist drug lawyers are able to obtain ‘section 10s’ in supply matters, which is where you are found guilty of supply but you don’t receive a conviction on your criminal record.
So if you are facing drug supply charges, make sure you find the best possible legal advice and assistance. Contact one of our experienced drug lawyers today.
Recent Drug Supply Cases
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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