The client worked full time and her younger brother studied whilst undertaking a pre-apprenticeship. Her father began to traffick in cannabis to support the family. Twelve months after the trafficking activity has taken place, a search warrant was executed at the property and a significant amount of cannabis and money was seized. Our client, her father, and her brother were charged with trafficking in cannabis (by her own admission of having taken money twice for two small amounts of cannabis) and dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime amounting to thousands of dollars in cash at the house.
Dee Giannopoulos acted on the client’s behalf at the Kyneton Magistrates’ Court for the charge of Trafficking.
The prosecution were not sympathetic to our client’s position at all: that she was trying to help the family with finances by working full time to pay the rent at 19 years of age. She ultimately fell into her father’s illegitimate business by servicing two people who came to the house looking to buy cannabis. She was such a young offender and deserved a second chance.
The matter was booked in for a contested hearing and the prosecution was ultimately persuaded to recommend our client for diversion.
Our client has no criminal record, can put this mistake behind her, and will be able to work in any career she pursues as well as travel overseas without having an impediment of a prior court matter for drug possession or trafficking.
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