Contesting Drug Trafficking Charges

Drug TestingThis is a case study on contesting drug trafficking charges that resulted in a withdrawal of said charges and being fined for the other remaining drug-related offences.

Our client was a female in her early 20s who had been charged and remanded for significant amounts of drug trafficking. She instructed us that some of the substances were not in fact drugs of dependence. The police were adamant that the substances were drugs and heavily opposed bail.

Dee Giannopoulos acted on the client’s behalf at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court. The charges filed were:

We applied for bail for the client and, following cross examination of the informant, bail was granted.

The matter went through case conferencing, contest mentions, and ultimately was booked in for a contested hearing. This was so that the substances could be properly tested as we disputed the spot test results.

Ultimately, contesting the drug trafficking charges proved to be an ideal step. The fact that we booked the matter in for contest so that the drugs could be properly analysed worked in our favour. The majority of the substances were found to be not drugs of dependence. This resulted in all trafficking charges being withdrawn.

Not withstanding the fact that our client had to spend time in remand, she was ultimately fined for the balance of the remaining charges.


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Dee is based in our Melbourne office and appears at all Courts in Victoria. Dee’s commitment to her clients and her passion for justice drives her to achieve great results.

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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 06/03/2018