February 2, 2018

No Conviction Recorded for Young Person charged with drug possession

Young client charged with possession of cocaine

Our client was a young man who was found with a small quantity of cocaine at a nightclub. He approached us with his case and was concerned that a conviction on his criminal record would affect his ability to graduate university.

Successful representation in sentencing hearing

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors successfully represented the client at his sentencing proceedings. Our criminal defence solicitor drafted representations to amend facts that presented a more favourable version of the client. The basis of the submissions was that our client should not be used for general deterrence and that his youth, remorse and good career prospects should be taken into consideration. We assisted the client to prepare supporting materials about this for the Court.

No conviction recorded

The Magistrate took into account the client’s youth and lack of criminal history when deciding on an appropriate sentence. The matter was dealt with under s 10(1)(b) if the Crimes (Sentencing & Procedure) Act 1999 with the Magistrate deciding that our client should be provided with an opportunity to rehabilitate. No conviction was recorded and the client was discharged on the condition that he enter into a good behaviour bond. He was relieved to be given a second chance at a clear criminal record.

If you are facing drug charges, contact O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors on (02) 9261 4281 to set up a free appointment with the drug defence lawyers in our Sydney office.