Drug Charge Lawyer Central Coast
Being accused of a committing a drug related offence may be a challenging and stressful experience for anyone involved.
That’s why by having the right legal support at Spencer Lawyers, we can help relieve you of this burden and help to defend charges made against you with optimal success.
What is a Drug Offence?
Drug charges can range from possessing a few ecstasy tablets to commercially importing heroin. We work with clients that have been charged with drug offences ranging from driving with illicit drugs, possession, supply and/or cultivating a prohibited drug.
Prohibited drugs are those listed in Schedule 3 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act.
What Does the Law Say?
PosSession of a Prohibited Drug
The offence of possessing a prohibited drug is contained in section 10 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act which states that: “a person who has a prohibited drug in his or her possession is guilty of an offence.”
Supply Prohibited Drug
In NSW, the offence of supplying a prohibited drug carries a maximum penalty of 5,500 penalty units and/or life imprisonment.
Schedule 1 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act sets out the small, trafficable, indictable, commercial and large commercial quantities for each prohibited drug. The type of drug and amount supplied will substantially affect the type of penalty the Court will consider.
The maximum penalties for each offence can be found beneath the heading “Maximum Penalties for Each Offence” below.
Supply Prohibited Drug on a Regular Basis
In NSW there is a specific offence for supplying drugs on an ongoing basis. The offence applies to all prohibited drugs except cannabis.
A person can be charged with the offence if they supply any number of drugs on three separate occasions within any 30 day period in exchange for money or some other compensation.
The charge is extremely serious and carries a maximum penalty is 20 years imprisonment or 3,500 penalty units.
This is one of the highest maximum penalties for drug related offences in NSW. As an illustration, a person who supplies one ecstasy pill three times in a month is liable to the same penalty as someone who supplies 1,000 ecstasy pills.
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