May 3, 2019

ST – No conviction for client charged with drug possession at Mardi Gras

Keywords: 1 x Possess prohibited drug, Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 Section 10 ­– Community Release Order, Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 Section 9(1)(b)

Facts:

ST attended a Mardi Gras after-party in March 2019. As he entered the event he was detected by a police drug detection dog. ST was searched and it was revealed that he was in possession of small quantity of MDMA. ST had never been charged with a criminal offence and he was concerned about the impact of a criminal conviction.

Outcome:

ST pleaded guilty to the charge of possess prohibited drug.  At sentencing, evidence was presented that he was person of prior good character and it was unlikely that he would re-offend. ST was sentenced to a Community Release Order without conviction for a period of 8 months.