Court Integrated Support Program for Drug Offences

This is a case study on Court Integrated Support Program for drug offences.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was charged with Traffick Drug of Dependence (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) and Possess Drug of Dependence. The police case was that our client and his associate were observed in a car to be behaving in a manner that subsequently led to the police searching our client’s car, the discovery of a prohibited substance, and their subsequent arrest for questioning. The drug in question (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) was of a quantity that amounted at law to a traffickable quantity.

What happened at court?
The prosecution initially relied upon some messages found on our client’s phone which was alleged to establish communication indicative of an intent to sell drugs. We represented the client at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court.

The Traffick Drug of Dependence charge was disputed by our client and through a lengthy process of negotiation with the prosecution, and in the weeks before the matter was to proceed as a contested hearing, this charge was withdrawn. The matter then proceeded as a plea of guilty to a charge of Possess Drug of Dependence.

The magistrate agreed to allow our client to participate in the Court Integrated Support Program (CISP) for the drug offences. CISP is a bail support program whereby participants, as a condition of their ongoing bail, are required to participate in various rehabilitative programs and to attend meetings with their case manager to discuss their progress. Participants are also required to attend a progress meeting with the supervising magistrate once every month.

Our client completed the CISP program over 4 months. His participation was exceptional. He completed a sustained period of rehabilitation and was able to demonstrate his commitment to his continued abstinence from drug use. Once the client had completed the CISP program, his case was finalised. Submissions were directed at the very favourable progress reports that had been prepared by his case manager at each progress mention.

What was the result?
The client received an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour. Importantly, this outcome (good behaviour bond) was made without conviction which is an excellent outcome mainly due to the Court Integrated Support Program (CISP) for drug offences.

Elements of Possess Drug of Dependence:
  • The substance in question was a drug of dependence.
  • The accused possessed the substance.
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