Teaching career saved, after client charged with possession of drugs at a festival

Sniffer-dog indicates possession of drugs at festival

Sam* attended a music festival on the Central Coast of NSW. She had been given a free ticket by a friend who also provided her with an MDMA.

While at the festival, a sniffer-dog operation detected that Sam may be in possession of a prohibited substance. After cooperating with police, Sam was arrested and charged with possessing a prohibited drug.

At the time of the arrest, Sam was in her final year of a teaching degree and a criminal conviction would jeopardise her efforts in pursuing teaching as a career.

Outcome: Non-conviction order

Sam pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing prohibited drugs and the matter proceeded to sentence.

Our lawyers assisted Sam in collecting and tendering several letters of reference. As a result, the magistrate in the local court gave Sam a section 10 non-conviction order. This meant that Sam was still able to pursue a career in teaching.

*Names have been changed for client confidentiality


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

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