Drug offence appeal: JD

Facts: District Court appeal over drug possession conviction

Drug supply/possession cover imageJD appealed to the District Court. He had been found guilty and convicted of an offence of possessing a prohibited drug per s.10(1) Drugs Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985.  He had been in possession of six vials of gamma–hydroxybutyrate (GHB) at a music event.

JD pursued a drug offence appeal to the District Court challenging the conviction. Our drug criminal defence lawyers argued that a conviction ought not be recorded against his name.

Outcome: drug possession conviction quashed

On appeal in the District Court evidence was led in relation to JD’s work in the arts community and his prospects for work internationally.  There was also evidence as to his good character in the circumstances surrounding the offence.  The District Court quashed the fines and conviction recorded in the Local Court.  The judge dismissed the charge pursuant to s.10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act.


“Thank you so much for your excellent submissions in my case. A conviction for a drug matter would have presented so much difficulty for me in the future, especially for my travel to the USA. I am so relieved at the outcome, and really appreciate your efforts” – JD



O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors
p: 02 9261 4281
a: Level 4, 219-223 Castlereagh St,
Sydney NSW 2000

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