Expert Drug Offences Solicitors in Melbourne
An expert criminal defence lawyer can aid your defence for drug offences by showing that not all of the necessary elements of the case are provable. In most circumstances, the prosecution will need to prove that the drugs were in your possession.
The maximum penalty in some drug offence cases is life imprisonment. It is important that, if there is any doubt about your knowledge of or control over the drugs, your solicitor can help you by presenting this evidence to the court.
In addition, if you plead guilty, or are convicted at trial, a defence lawyer can present information about mitigating circumstances or personal factors around the offending. They can also reduce the severity of the sentence by presenting character witnesses or references.
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Types of Drug Offence Charges
There are different categories of drug offences, depending on the substance and the quantity. In some cases, the difference between being charged with possession and the far more serious charge of trafficking illegal drugs depends on the skill of your lawyer. Slades & Parsons’ drug offences lawyers highly experienced in defending drug charges. To successfully convict you of trafficking, the prosecution must show that you had knowledge of, and control over, the illegal drugs. Slades Parsons is a Melbourne law firm offering solicitors with such expertise.
Trial Representation for Drug Offences
A defence lawyer may be able to help both at the pre-trial stage and in court, once a matter has gone to trial. Early advice and representation by an experienced lawyer may result in reduced charges. A good defence lawyer can demonstrate weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and negotiate with the prosecution. This can even result in the prosecution dropping the charges. For expert drug offences solicitors in Melbourne, contact Slades & Parsons.
Case Study - Drug Offences
Our client had a history of drug addiction and drug related offending. He was charged with trafficking and possessing cannabis. Police had found 428 grams of the drug in different places throughout his property. With his prior criminal history, conviction for trafficking could have meant a substantial custodial sentence.
Our client said that he only knew about 36g of the cannabis, which he admitted he possessed just for personal use. Slades and Parsons negotiated with the prosecution about the charges. In these negotiations, we convinced the prosecution that the charges of trafficking cannabis and possessing 428g of cannabis would be difficult to prove. This was because several people occupied the property, and our client denied knowledge of most of the amount of the drug. Because of these negotiations, the prosecution withdrew the charge of trafficking. They also amended the possession charge to 36g, which was all our client admitted to. The defendant pleaded guilty to possession of this relatively small amount. The outcome for our client was a fine of $500.
Drug Diversion Programs
A lawyer who is experienced in defending drug charges will know about options such as drug diversion programs. Such options in the case of drug offences can mean avoiding court hearings or sentencing. You may be eligible for diversion programs depending on many factors, such as your personal circumstances, any criminal record, and the reason for the drug offences. The Magistrate can also consider evidence such as character references, or reports from a counsellor or doctor. Expert criminal defence lawyers can help you present this information for a request to receive a drug diversion plan. This can also mean that you don’t proceed to a hearing in open court and sentencing.