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Lawyers for Drug Possession and Supply Charges in Sydney

Our team of Criminal Defence Lawyers approach each drug matter with a winning attitude and aim to get the best possible result for every client. We have assisted hundreds of clients defend drug possession, supply, manufacture or importation charges at all courts, ranging from Sydney Downing Centre, Central City, Newtown, Waverly, Burwood, Bankstown, Parramatta, Blacktown, Fairfield, Penrith, Katoomba and more. Our team of Sydney drug lawyers offer each client:

  • Expert legal advice,
  • Best options,
  • Competitive legal fees,
  • Strategies and proper preparation,
  • High quality court representation,
  • Specialist team of barristers and solicitor,
  • Rehabilitation services

Our Sydney drug lawyers are experts at what they do

We dedicate our hard work towards getting you the best possible result for your drug possession or supply matter in court, such as a Section 10 non-conviction, charges withdrawn and dismissed, a small fine or good behaviour bond. In more serious cases, our efforts are targeted at fighting the case to receive a verdict of not guilty.
Possession Prohibited Drugs
Charge:
Possess prohibited drugs Section 10(1) Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985

Brief description:
A person who has a prohibited substance in his or her possession is guilty of an offence

Maximum penalty:
Local Court: 2 years Imprisonment and/or $2200.00

Definitions:
Possession – To intentionally have the substance in your physical custody or control to the exclusion of any other person. If joint possession is alleged, then the definition is extended to include ‘together with some other person acting jointly with them in the possessing the substance.
Prohibited substances listed in the Schedule under the Act. See table below for common prohibited substances.
Examples:

  • Having a small quantity of cannabis in your pocket
  • The finding of a quantity of drugs in your vehicle or house belonging to you

Quantities of Common Prohibited Drugs

Drug Type

Small
Quantity

Traffickable Quantity

Indictable Quantity

Commercial Quantity

Large Commercial Quantity

Amphetamine
(such as “Ice”)

1 gram

3 grams

5 grams

250 grams

1 kg

Cannabis Leaf

30 grams

300 grams

1 kg

25 kg

100 kg

Cocaine

1 gram

3 grams

5 grams

250 grams

1 kg

Heroin

1 gram

3 grams

5 grams

250 grams

1 kg

Ecstasy
(MDMA)

0.25 grams

0.75 grams

1.25 grams

125 grams

0.5 kg

Click here to see the full list of prohibited drugs.

Supply Prohibited Drugs

Supply Charge Maximum Penalty
Local Court
Maximum Penalty District Court
Supply prohibited drug – less than or equal to the small quantity 2 years imprisonment and/or fine of $5500.00 10 years imprisonment and/or fine of $220,000
Supply prohibited drug greater than indictable quantity Cannot be finalised in Local Court 15 years imprisonment and/or fine of $220,000
Take part in supply of a prohibited drug more than small quantity but less than indictable 2 years imprisonment and/or fine of $11,000.00 10 years imprisonment and/or fine of $220,000
Take part supply prohibited drug greater than indictable quantity Cannot be finalised in Local Court 15 years imprisonment and/or fine of $220,000

Section:
Section 25(1) Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985

Definitions:
The definition of “supply” is very wide and includes:

  • sell and distribute,
  • agreeing to supply,
  • offering to supply,
  • keeping or having in possession for supply,
  • sending, forwarding, delivering or receiving for supply,
  • authorising, directing, causing, suffering, permitting or attempting any of those acts or things.

The penalties for supplying prohibited substances will vary depending on the type and quantity of the substance itself and how the supply is alleged to have occurred. Click here to see the list of the type and quantity of the prohibited substances that police rely on.

Your Options

Plead Not Guilty and Defend the Charge in Court

This option allows your criminal drug lawyer to have access to all the police evidence against you and to cross examine the witnesses at court. However, this process is complicated and requires extensive preparation, research and clever advocacy by your lawyer in court. Contact us now on 1800 100 529 to book an experienced defence lawyer to prepare and fight for your case at court.   The available defences are:

  • Dispute the ownership and/or knowledge of the substance
  • Dispute the search of the property by police
  • Dispute that the actual substance is an actual prohibited drug
  • Dispute the purpose and the possession of the prohibited substances

Plead Guilty

This option is shorter, cheaper and allows your lawyer to show the court that you have taken responsibility for your actions and is remorseful for what has happened.

Speak with one of our specialist drug lawyers in Sydney today

Contact us now on 1800 100 529 to book an experienced defence lawyer to prepare your sentence hearing and get the best possible result for you. Please view our other services page for our drink driving, and driving licence suspension lawyers to learn more about what we can offer.

Click here to see read about the possible penalties that may apply to you.

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