Cultivate Cannabis Plants and Use Hydroponic Set Up – Fine, No Conviction

Our client was charged with cultivating 8 cannabis plants and using a hydroponic set up.

What is alleged to have occured?
He approached us and was initially reluctant in seeking representation for his case. We clearly outlined to him the benefits of thoroughly preparing for the matter (especially given the serious nature of the offending), the potential impact of an adverse criminal record on his future, and his inability to represent himself.

What happened at court?
Our client had no prior matters. We acted on his behalf at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court for the following charges:

Upon outlining how we would approach this case, the client engaged us for the plea. We took detailed personal instructions and, having assessed the case, advised our client to have urine tests to confirm that he was now abstinent from drug use. We further advised him to obtain character references and to arrange for family and friends to support him at court. All of these materials gave support to our submissions to the court that his offending was out of character, that he was no longer smoking cannabis, that he had expressed remorse for his offending to family and friends, and that he had their ongoing support.

What was the result?
His honour fined our client without conviction and noted that but for the materials submitted, he would have put him on a Community Corrections Order, articulating the importance of having a good lawyer to prepare and present the case at court.
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 11/09/2015