There are many different drug offences in Queensland and the penalties vary depending upon the type and quantity of drugs involved and the circumstances in which the offence occurred.
The more serious offences involve (schedule 1) drugs such as cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, LSD, and ecstasy; the less serious (schedule 2) offences involve, for example, morphine, cannabis, and barbiturates.
Police have the power to search people, their possessions and their vehicles if they reasonably suspect they will find evidence of a drug offence. They can also request a person’s name, address, and date and place of birth if they believe the person may be able to help in investigating an offence.
Drug Offences can be broadly grouped into the categories below.
a) Importing and Exporting – being charged with carrying drugs and the intent to import or export them.
b) Possession – being charged with knowing about the existence of a prohibited drug and exercising control over it.
c) Supply – being charged with knowing about the existence of a prohibited drug and the intent to supply it to another party.”
d) Trafficking – being charged with supplying drugs at a commercial level, usually in large quantities and through an organised network.
e) Cultivation or manufacture – being charged with cultivating prohibited plants or other manufacture of illegal substances, including helping in this process.
f) Possession of drug paraphernalia or suspected property – being charged in possession of implements used to take or administer drugs.
g) Permit a place or property to be used to commit a drug offence
If the drug offence and the circumstances in which it occurs are minor in nature, you may be able to elect to have the matter dealt with summarily in the Magistrates Court.
If you are charged and have to go to Court, it is critical to seek the advice of a Specialist Criminal Lawyer. Howden Saggers Lawyers specialise in dealing with Drug Offence Charges and we have been assisting people on the Gold Coast and Brisbane since 2002.
It is important to seek advice as soon as you possibly can.
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Criminal Law is an intrigue and complex area of law which encompasses a large number of offences and many interwoven pieces of legislation. Given this a Court appearance for what may be considered to be a simple offence can often be complicated and carry with it lifelong and significant consequences.
At Howden Saggers Lawyers our team of dedicated Criminal Lawyers not only have a proven track record of obtaining excellent results but also ensure that they stay up to date with the frequent changes to the law.
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