CCO for Trafficking Drugs

This is a case study on offences related to drugs resulting in a Community Corrections Order.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client pleaded guilty to the following charges:

The charges arose out of the execution of a police warrant at our client’s property.

What happened at court?
We represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for the charge of Trafficking.

The seriousness of these charges would ordinarily dictate that a term of imprisonment should be imposed. The court was particularly concerned about the quantity of drugs and the amount of cash found. Further, this is the kind of matter which could potentially be uplifted and heard in the County Court.

Our client had no criminal history but despite that, she was facing a likely term of imprisonment. We worked hard to comprehensively prepare our client for court. On our advice, she completed a period of residential drug rehabilitation and engaged with a clinical psychologist through a mental health plan. She also undertook regular drug screens to demonstrate her abstinence.

On the plea, we were able to tender a bundle of positive material attesting to the progress our client had made. This was critical to achieving the outcome we did. Through submissions, we demonstrated to the court that despite the inescapable seriousness of the offending, this was a case that called for a community based sentence.

What was the result?
Ultimately the court accepted our submission and the client was sentenced to a Community Corrections Order. This CCO for trafficking drugs puts our client in a position to continue her rehabilitation in the community and move on with her life in a positive way.

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 01/09/2016