UDJ v Police: Possess prohibited drug

Section 10(1) Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 – severity appeal – submissions on remorse and rehabilitation, Section 10(1)(b) Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999

Possess prohibited drug

Police charged UDJ with possession of a prohibited drug (a small amount of cocaine) after police searched him at a nightclub. UDJ was cooperative throughout the search. His cooperation continued in court: UDJ plead guilty to the charge at the earliest possible opportunity. Even with this cooperation, UDJ was fined $500 and his conviction was recorded. UDJ instructed the defence to appeal the sentence.

Non-conviction order, conditional on good behaviour bond

The defence appealed the sentence on the grounds of severity.

During the appeal hearing, the defence focused on UDJ’s contrition and frank admissions of guilt. It was also submitted that UDJ was now halfway through completing a rehabilitation course to deal with his drug issues. Based on these submissions, the presiding judge downgraded UDJ’s sentence to a Section 10 non-conviction order, conditional on a successful completion of a good behaviour bond.

If you are facing drug charges, contact O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors on (02) 9261 4281 to set up a free appointment with the drug defence lawyers in our Sydney office.

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