Drugs charges are serious and can result in substantial penalties including imprisonment for certain offences. The primary law pertaining to drug offence in NSW is contained in the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (DMA) or in QLD the Drug Misuse Act 1986.
Part 2, Division 1 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 contains summary offences in relation to Drug misuse offences. Offences of small quantities of drugs or associated equipment are contained in this part and include such offences as;
- Possession of Prohibited Drug
- Possess equipment for administration of drugs
- Self administration of prohibited drug
- Obtaining prohibited drug from medical practitioners
Generally the maximum penalty for these types of offences is a fine of $ 5500.00 or 2 years imprisonment. Please note this is the maximum and reserved for the most serious of cases in this category.
More serious offences are contained in Division 2, Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 and include indictable offences. Certain offences contained in this section are able to be dealt with summarily (i.e. in the local court) providing the quantities are below that of trafficable amounts.
Indictable offences are dealt with on indictment in the higher courts such as the District court. Generally offences of this nature are much more serious and usually relate to commercial quantities for possession or supply. For help with drug addiction please see https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/drug-abuse
Our solicitors at Save U Legal have experience in the Local and District courts for serious drug matters.
Criminal Law: Sexual Assault Charges
These types of charges are very serious and can result in significant custodial sentences, should you be found guilty. At Save U Legal, we can quickly review your case and provide advice in relation to your chances of a successful defence.
In our practice we often see cases where our client’s are not guilty of sexual assault for predominantly two reasons;
- The sexual act was consensual but now the complainant later withdrew consent
- The sexual act did not occur at all, and the complainant is motivated by other reasons
At Save U Legal we can provide you with the advice and representation in defending your liberty and your reputation from these types of criminal charges.