CCO for Drug Trafficking – Commercial Quantity

This is a case study on drug, driving, and firearms offences resulting in a sentence of Community Correction Order.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was charged with Trafficking of Methylamphetamine, Dangerous Driving (which arose out of a police pursuit), and Possession of an Unregistered Handgun. He was observed by the police being engaged in this behaviour under surveillance, and also through a significant number of telephone intercepts. The client was charged with trafficking along with other three people. The matter resolved following a committal hearing, which was run for the purpose of confining our client’s role in the operation. It resulted in the matter resolving on the basis that our client was involved in trafficking approximately 115g of methylamphetamine.

What happened at court?
Kristina Kothrakis acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne County Court. She was able to get an excellent result defending this case by securing a CCO for Trafficking Drugs – Commercial Quantity.

It must be noted that our client had some prior history but this was not significant. Our submissions were directed towards persuading the court to not impose an immediate term of imprisonment but this was a huge challenge especially given the nature and combination of the charges. One aspect that we relied heavily on was that our client’s partner of many years suffered from serious mental health issues. Our client was the primary carer of their two young children and we were concerned that the Department of Health and Human Services would take the children off his partner if he were to be incarcerated.

We were required to obtain information from them about the family situation. It was noted that our client was trying to address his drug problem and we also pointed out the fact that they had experienced long term homelessness and were finally in stable accommodation.

There were some issues along the way with the client’s engagement with services, which did not favour well with the judge. We persuaded the judge to give him opportunities to demonstrate his commitment to his own rehabilitation and family, and the case was adjourned for him to engage properly and produce reports. We liaised with numerous case workers and drug and alcohol workers to get the material we required.

What was the result?
The matter proceeded as a further plea and sentence. During the adjourned period, our client was assessed by Community Corrections and was found suitable for a Corrections Order. The judge reviewed the further plea material that was submitted and was ultimately persuaded to sentence our client to a Community Corrections Order for a period of 3 years. This was a great result – CCO for Trafficking a Commercial Quantity of Drugs – as our client was able to avoid a term of imprisonment and was given access to support services that he truly needs.

Kristina KothrakisKristina Kothrakis

Kristina has significant experience in criminal trials and also holds a degree in Science, majoring in Psychology, an invaluable area of knowledge, as many of her clients suffer from psychological disorders.

Kristina strives to achieve the best possible result for all her clients. Skilled, decisive and assertive, Kristina demonstrates dedication, care and professionalism at all times.

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DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 19/01/2017