If you have been charged with drug supply, it is essential that you seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible. At JJ Lawyers, we have a strong track record of helping our clients successfully defend themselves against drug supply charges – no matter how minor or significant the charge may be. We have a team of experienced and dedicated lawyers who will fight for your rights and work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for your case.
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In Sydney, NSW, the supply of illicit drugs is harshly penalised. The definition of drug supply is broad and can include anyone who participates in the sale, distribution, or trafficking of illicit drugs.
In the global aspect, drug supply is an illicit trade involving the distribution or sale of prohibited drug substances.
Practical examples of drug supply charges may involve:
Supply of a prohibited drug is a criminal offence under section 25 of Australia’s Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act of 1985. If you’re suspected of supplying these drugs, chances are high that you’ll face arrest and subsequent arraignment in court. A successful conviction would mean that you spend some time behind bars.
Pleading guilty to drug supply charges is more likely to throw you into a conviction. A guilty plea would imply that you serve your jail term and/or pay the stipulated penalty as the case may apply.
However, it’s notable that you may receive a discounted penalty if you willingly plead guilty to this offence. If you want to plead guilty, reach out to our highly experienced solicitors to help you negotiate with the prosecutors for a guilty plea to a less severe charge.
If you choose a ‘not guilty’ plea for drug supply offences, a legal battle ensues, and the prosecution must prove beyond doubt that you were involved in the drug supply. If they manage to prove your involvement in the offence, you will likely end up as a convict. That’s why you need our highly skilled Sydney-based drug supply lawyers to argue the case on your behalf.
A drug supply lawyer may raise numerous Defences on behalf of the defendant as they relate to the drug supply charges.
These may include:
Penalties for drug supply charges vary based on your role in supplying the prohibited substances. These penalties could depend on the quantity of the drug in your possession, the type of drug, and the case’s jurisdiction.
If your case is handled at a District Court, for instance, the following would be the respective penalties:
Please note that local courts have no power to handle cases involving commercial and large commercial drug supplies. Most of these cases may end up in the Supreme Court.
Like any other criminal offence, the prosecutor must prove, beyond reasonable doubts, that the defendant, in their sound mind, contravened the provisions of the law.
They must prove that:
Our team of drug supply lawyers is tried and tested. We have diverse experience in handling various cases related to drug supply charges and obtaining the best achievable outcome. For such cases, our seasoned drug supply lawyers could make a lot of difference between a conviction and acquaintance, between serving a jail term and freedom.
If you are facing charges on the supply of illicit drugs, rest assured that our Drug Supply Lawyers will fight for your rights to the end.
If you are facing charges on the supply of illicit drugs, reach out to our team of experienced criminal drug lawyers. We will fight for your rights and do everything in our power to obtain the best possible outcome for your case.
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When a police officer charges an accused person under section 25 Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (DMTA), the term “supply” is defined in section 3 DMTA:
“includes sell and distribute, and also includes agreeing to supply, or offering to supply, or keeping or having in possession for supply, or sending, forwarding, delivering or receiving for supply, or authorising, directing, causing, suffering, permitting or attempting any of those acts or things”.
Please Note, the maximum penalty is a fine of 2,000 penalty units or imprisonment for a term of 15 years or both for all drugs but for cannabis.
The maximum penalty for cannabis is a fine of 2,000 penalty units or imprisonment for a term of 10 years or both.
Section 29 DMTA contains a provision that deems possession of a drug to be for the purpose of supply where the amount of the drug is not less than the “trafficable quantity” specified for the particular drug the subject of the charge. Under the section, once possession of not less than a trafficable amount of a drug is proved beyond a reasonable doubt, the accused has the onus of proving on the balance of probabilities that he or she had the drug otherwise than for supply.
For example, the trafficable quantity for cocaine is anything less than 3 grams. If you are found with anything above 3 grams, you can be charged with drug supply.
In schedule 1 of DMTA is a table that provides the quantity of drug needed to satisfy a specific amount.
There are 5 amounts:
For Example, MDMA breakdown in Schedule 1 is as follows:
Yes, the maximum penalties differ for some of the amounts.
For example, if you are supplying a large commercial amount. The maximum penalty is a fine of 5,000 penalty units, imprisonment for life, or both.
Whereas if you are supplying an indictable amount, the maximum penalty is 2,000 penalty units or imprisonment for 15 years.
Section 25A DMTA is an offence of supplying prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis.
The prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt the following elements:
Note: the maximum penalty is imprisonment for 20 years or 3,500 penalty units.
The judge must rely on several guiding principles to make a good ruling on a drug supply charge. These include the number of drugs in question, assistance that the defendant offered to investigative authorities, the relevance of the addiction, the defender’s level of participation in the supply of drugs, and the offender’s role.