No conviction recorded for initial admission to drug possession at music festival

Police sniffer dog identifies prohibited drugs on client

AW was a 23 year old man. He attended the ‘Fuzzy Field Day’ music festival in Sydney. A police sniffer dog identified him outside the festival as carrying drugs. To which he admitted to police that he was in possession of a small amount of prohibited drugs. He went with officers to a police search area where the officers performed a strip search on him. However, during this entire process he cooperated with police and followed their instructions.

Guilty plea – representation at sentencing hearing

Police charged him with possessing a prohibited drug to which he pleaded guilty. Drug specialist lawyers from O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors assisted AW in the preparation of his sentencing case to ensure that he presented himself in the best possible manner before the Magistrate.

No conviction recorded as Magistrate considers range of factors

The court took into account the fact that AW intended to use the drugs to take his mind off the recent passing of his grandmother. Drug taking was out of his ordinary character. This was supported by a number of character references which spoke of his good character. Other factors that the Magistrate took into consideration were his:

  • age,
  • cooperation with police,
  • lack of criminal record
  • and genuine remorse.

The court accepted that it was appropriate to deal with matter by way of good behaviour bond under section 10 of the Crimes Act. This meant that no conviction was recorded.

This is just one of many successful outcomes where O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors represented clients in drug related cases. If you’re facing charges of a drug related offence and require representation call us on (02) 9261 4281 to book a free initial consultation.

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

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