Drug possession and drug trafficking are offences under both Victorian and federal legislation. To be precise, offences of this nature are contained in the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981. If you have been charged by the police for drug offences, it is crucial to get a criminal defence specialist to help defend or mitigate the charges or allegations made against you. Drug offences can range from possession, trafficking, commercial trafficking and/or cultivation and manufacturing of drugs, such as cannabis, cocaine, GHB, heroin and methamphetamine.
If you have been charged with drug offences it is absolutely crucial that you seek a powerful criminal defence lawyer to assist in avoiding a criminal conviction of this nature. If the police interview in relation to offences involving drugs, never consent to making a formal record of interview. Always seek advice from your criminal lawyer before speaking to the police. This is absolutely crucial and remember that anything you say can and will be used against you.
Synthetic drugs have recently been added to the list of drugs of dependence and therefore, fall under the same legislation.
Minor offences relating to drugs will be dealt with in the magistrates court, while more serious offences such as commercial trafficking will be heard in the County Court of Victoria. The sentencing options and range between the two courts are vastly different. Always seek advice from your lawyer before appearing at a court where you are answerable to allegations relating to drug charges. Although minor, all matters concerning drugs should see you get accurate and powerful legal representation to ensure you do not receive the wrong advice or an adverse court result or worse – jail.
At times, minor drug offences for individuals who have no prior criminal history can be dealt with by way of a DIVERSION. A diversion can mean that a conviction is not recorded against you which can give rise to a significant benefit in both your future and plans for international travel.
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