Drug offence lawyers to support you

If you are facing drug charges, you need an experienced lawyer you can trust by your side. The Drugs Misuse Act is difficult legislation to navigate and often has serious and severe consequences.  Maximum penalties can be up to 25 years imprisonment. With four criminal law accredited specialists in our team, we can give you the accurate legal advice you need.

Drug offences usually fall into the following categories:

The Drugs Misuse Act 1986 (Qld) is the main piece of legislation when dealing with dangerous drugs, which are listed in schedules one and two of the Drugs Misuse Regulation 1987 (Qld). Schedule one dangerous drugs include cocaine, heroin, amphetamine, methamphetamine (speed, ice, crystal meth), lysergide (LSD), methylene-dioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA, ecstasy, molly) and steroids. Schedule two dangerous drugs include cannabis, codeine, ketamine (special K), morphine, coca leaf, methadone and diazepam.

If you are charged with possessing, trafficking, supplying or producing dangerous drugs, you need a lawyer with experience and results. We have specially trained drug offence lawyers who represent clients charged with these offences every day. Call us immediately on 1300 557 884 if the police wish to speak to you or if you have been charged with a drug offence.

If you need help understanding your rights, are about to be questioned by police, or have been charged with drug offences, we can provide assistance, advice and representation. Contact us now to have a confidential discussion.

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Possessing a dangerous drug

Possessing a dangerous drug is a crime. It is the most common drug offence that comes before the Courts.

For a person to be found to be in possession of a dangerous drug, it must be established beyond a reasonable doubt that they were aware of the existence of the drug and exercising control over the drug. A person must also be aware that the substance is a drug or have a suspicion that it is a drug.

Regardless of whether the drug is yours or not, if it is in your possession you are committing a crime.

Should a drug be found in a person’s house / where they reside or in their motor vehicle, then that person is deemed to be in possession of the drug, unless they can show that they did not know nor had reason to suspect that the drug was in that place.

Some possible defences to possessing a dangerous drug include:

  • Not having control of the drug
  • Not having knowledge or reason to suspect the existence or nature of the drug
  • Duress
  • Mistake of fact
  • That the substance, by law, is not a dangerous drug

The offence of possessing a dangerous drug can be finalised in any of the Magistrates, District or Supreme Courts depending on the drug involved and the quantity of the drug. The penalties for possessing a dangerous drug include a maximum 25 years imprisonment for a schedule one drug, and a maximum 20 years imprisonment for a schedule two drug.

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Trafficking drugs

Trafficking conveys the notion of trading in or dealing with. If a person sells a drug to someone else, he or she is trafficking. Even a single transaction can constitute trafficking. A person charged with trafficking a dangerous drug will have their matter finalised in either the District Court or the Supreme Court, depending on the type of drug involved.

The penalties for trafficking in a dangerous drug are severe and usually include actual imprisonment. A person who unlawfully traffics in a dangerous drug can find themselves in jail for up to 25 years for a schedule one drug, and up to 20 years for a schedule two drug.

A person sentenced to a term of imprisonment will have to serve 80% of their sentence before they are eligible for release from custody. A person charged with trafficking may also have their assets forfeited to the State.

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Supplying drugs

A person who supplies a dangerous drug to someone else is guilty of a crime. Supply has a very broad definition and includes not only giving, selling, administering, transporting or distributing a drug, but also offering to do such things or even doing any act in preparation of doing such things. Supply does not necessarily have to be to another. It can also include arranging a supply to yourself. It is not necessary that the drug is supplied for monetary or any other type of gain. Simply giving a dangerous drug to another person constitutes supply.

The offence of supplying a dangerous drug attracts a maximum penalty of up to 25 years imprisonment for a schedule one drug, or 20 years imprisonment for a schedule two drug.

A circumstance of aggravation applies where the drugs are supplied by an adult to a minor, a person with an intellectual impairment, someone within an educational institute or correctional centre, or a person who does not know they are being supplied with dangerous drugs. Should a person supply a schedule one drug to a minor, then the maximum penalty increases to life imprisonment.

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Producing drugs

A person who produces a dangerous drug is guilty of a crime. In the eyes of the law, producing drugs not only includes preparing, manufacturing, cultivating, and/or packaging, but also offering to do such things or undertaking any act in preparation of doing such things.

The offence of producing a dangerous drug can be finalised in any of the Magistrates, District or Supreme Courts, depending on the drug involved and the quantity of the drug. A person who produces a dangerous drug is guilty of a crime punishable by up to 25 years imprisonment for a schedule one drug, and up to 20 years imprisonment for a schedule two drug.

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Permitting use of place

It is a crime for a person who is an occupier, or who is concerned with the management or control of a place, to allow that place to be used for the commission of a drug offence. It does not need to be shown that the person had any involvement in the offence other than allowing the place to be used for the commission of a drug offence.

Some examples of permitting use of place include:

  • The owner of a property allowing a tenant to grow cannabis on the property
  • The owner of a business allowing a person to sell drugs from that business

The maximum penalty for this offence is 15 years imprisonment.

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We have specially trained drug offence lawyers who represent clients charged with these offences every day. Call us immediately if the police wish to speak to you, or you have been charged with a drug offence.

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Thanks again…for going above and beyond what I could have ever imagined. I am so grateful I can now get on the right track and move forward with my life.

Thank-you for all the hard work you have put into my case and your continued support throughout the last few months. I appreciate everything you have done for me.

Thank you for fighting for me and for doing such a great job. Please pass on my gratitude to the team.

Sean Gibbs provided an amazing service at an affordable rate. My matter was a very complex criminal proceeding lasting 16 months. I could not be any happier with the results. I strongly recommend Sean Gibbs from Fisher Dore to anyone facing criminal charges.

I can't tell you how grateful I am for this and how much weight you have taken off of my shoulders.

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I just wanted to put into writing, just how profoundly grateful I am for the sound advice & skilful representation you provided. The outcome you secured for me was better than I could have dared to wish for. I owe you a debt of gratitude.

I just wanted to say thank you very much for your handling of my case. I am very pleased with the outcome as well as your professionalism in communication and encouragement in my difficult time. Once again, thank you very much.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did for us and in particular, the compassion and empathy you showed throughout this entire process. We will never forget the sterling job you did for us from the moment we first engaged with you. It is a credit to you and the team at Fisher Dore to have reached such a positive outcome in such unusual circumstances and one to be commended. I cannot express just how important your legal assistance and guidance has been. Without it, I fear the outcome wouldn’t have been as favourable as it was and for this, I am forever in your debt.

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