Drug charges are an important part of our work at Paul Horvath Solicitors.
Drug offences can include:
- Cultivating or possessing commercial quantities of illegal drugs
- Other charges associated with illicit drugs.
We will always advise you on an appropriate course of action in any case and seek the best possible outcome for you.
We can also represent you in relation to any restrained or frozen assets or confiscated property.
If you have been charged with a drug offence, contact us now for advice and consultation on your best course of defence.
What are drug charges?
Below is a short introduction to drug charges and drug offences in Australia and Victoria. If you’ve been charged with a drug offence, don’t wait. Contact PH Solicitors today to discuss your options.
Use – The use of illicit drugs is illegal and carries varying penalties for different drugs. A Magistrates’ Court will deal with your case. Penalties for cannabis use commonly attract fines but no prison sentence. Other drugs can carry up to one year in prison or fines, or both.
Possession – The possession of illicit drugs, either on your person, in a vehicle or in property owned by an individual is illegal. You may be tried before a judge and jury, unless you choose to have your case dealt with before a Magistrate or Judge. The level of penalties faced depends on the type of drug and the quantity possessed. If you have been charged in possession of a small quantity you will need to prove that the quantity in question was not intended for trafficking or sale.
Cultivation – Cultivation (or growing) of narcotic plants (for example, cannabis, opium or the coca plant) may be tried before a judge and jury. As the defendant, you must prove cultivation was not for trafficking purposes. You may face fines, imprisonment or both, depending on the quantity of cannabis grown, sophistication, and any evidence that the cannabis was for trafficking purposes.
Trafficking – Trafficking (or selling/trading) and the cultivation of commercial quantities of drugs are serious offences. Contact PH Solicitors today if you have been charged with drug trafficking. Jail is often the first option considered, even for a first offence.
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