Cultivation of Cannabis and Theft of Electricity

Cannabis PlantsOur client was charged with cultivation of cannabis and theft of electricity. The circumstances surrounding the offending were serious given that the client had an elaborate set up in her back yard, which involved stealing electricity to grow the cannabis in her shed.

During the police interview, the client stated that her friend set up the operation and would pay her $3,000 monthly to water the plants. The client was not born in Australia and did not speak any English.

Jessica Clothier represented the client at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:

Jessica met with the client and guided her through the legal process with the aid of an interpreter. She explained the consequences of pleading guilty and the likely outcome if the matter proceeded to a contested hearing. The client decided to plead guilty.

Submissions were then made on the client’s behalf. Jessica explained the client’s gambling problem, the difficulties within her marriage, her lack of knowledge of the legal system, and her lack of criminal history.

His Honour imposed a Community Corrections Order for the charges of cultivation of cannabis and theft of electricity. This was a good result given the seriousness of the cultivation charge. The client appreciated having someone to guide her through the process given her lack of English and lack of understanding of the system.

Elements of Cultivation of Narcotic Plants (Non-Commercial Quantity):

  • The accused intentionally cultivated a plant
  • The plant cultivated by the accused was cannabis or another narcotic plant

 
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Jessica ClothierJessica Clothier

Jessica works from our Sunshine office and regularly handles cases at the Sunshine Magistrates' Court. She also represents clients at other Melbourne courts to ensure their right to a fair trial and the best possible outcome. Jessica has always been a fearless advocate and her skills in criminal law are acknowledged as early as during her university years.

Admitted to legal practice in April 2018, Jessica has completed placements at Springvale Monash Legal Service and at one of the top immigration firms in Australia. She graduated with Honours in Law in 2017 from Monash University and finished her Practical Legal Training at Leo Cussen Centre for Law.

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