Facts: charged with possession of a prohibited drug
Plea of guilty leads to Section 10
BH pleaded guilty. BH had a number of matters on his criminal record, but no matters relating to drugs.
However, the magistrate took into account:
- BH’s very unhappy life circumstances at the time of the offence,
- the plea of guilty at the first opportunity
- and the fact that there were no drug matters on BH’s criminal record
Consequently BH got a conviction under s 10A of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999. The magistrate imposed no further penalty.
“This is such great result, thank you! I was really worried about having to pay a fine. I can see that the way you presented my history over the past year was very important. I’m very grateful.” BH