A drug detection dog gave indication that Betty*, a young women was carrying prohibited substances. As the dog gave an indication of finding drugs, the police had reasonable grounds to search. Following this, police conducted a search and found that she was carrying cocaine in her bra. She was then arrested and charged with possession of a prohibited drug, an offence under section 10 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW).
Outcome: Persuasive character references means non-conviction order and good behaviour bond
Betty instructed O’Brien Solicitors to plead guilty to the offence.
However, during the sentencing hearing, we provided several impressive character references to the judge. The strength of these references, combined with the strength of the defence submissions, resulted in Betty getting a non-conviction order. This was conditional on the successful completion of a 2 year good behaviour bond (Section 10(1)(b) Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999)
If police charge you with drug possession, and you wish to get a section 10 order with no conviction, contact our drug defence lawyers in our Sydney offices.
*Names have been changed for client confidentiality