Favourable outcome for client charged with drug possession while breaching bail conditions

While on bail , Police charge man with drug offences


One Sunday morning, police observed WQB at an intersection in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. He appeared heavily drug-affected. Subsequently, a physical search by the officers revealed a small quantity of GBH in his possession. The drug gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid or GHB has the nickname GBH on the street.

At the time of his charge, WQB was on bail for previous drug-related offences. A condition of his bail was to abstain from taking drugs and alcohol.

Police arrested WQB pursuant to Section 77(1)(e) of the Bail Act 2013. This was for failure to comply with a condition of his bail.

WQB was subsequently charged and pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited drug under Section 10 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985.

Favourable outcome

His sentencing hearing took place at Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney’s CBD. Our criminal defence lawyers made submissions to Her Honour outlining his complicated personal history. This was one involving chronic and debilitating illnesses, as well as protracted drug dependency issues. Her Honour accepted sentencing submissions from medical professionals, family and friends, corroborating WQB’s good character and complicated medical history.

In conclusion, the Court was sympathetic to WQB’s current circumstances. Accordingly, Her Honour determined that a sentence pursuant to Section 10A of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 was appropriate. She convicted WQB for his drug possession charge. The proceedings were then disposed of without imposing any other additional penalties.

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

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