Drug Charges and Prohibited Weapons – CCO, No Conviction

This is a case study on drug and weapons offences resulting in a without conviction sentence.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was charged with possession and trafficking of cannabis and ecstasy. The police located him sitting in his vehicle late at night with another person. They approached him and asked to search the vehicle. They found a traffickable quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Specifically, the charges were as follows:

Kristina Kothrakis represented our client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

What happened at court?
Our client had a prior conviction for possession of a drug of dependence for which he had received a without conviction outcome. He is a young man in his early 20’s. He was almost through with his degree at a university and was therefore extremely concerned about the impact that a conviction would have on his ability to work in his chosen field.

Our client had been engaging in counselling to deal with symptoms of depression and for assistance in dealing with his drug use. We presented the Court with a report from his counsellor as well as multiple references from friends and family which outlined some of the factors that had a negative impact on his life. These references also showed the great gains he had made in overcoming his issues. Kristina had also provided the Court with documents setting out the eligibility criteria that are required for people to join his intended career, which indicated that a conviction could preclude acceptance.

What was the result?
Kristina was able to make submissions about our client’s future prospects and the Magistrate was ultimately persuaded to give him another opportunity to avoid a conviction being recorded.

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Kristina has significant experience in criminal trials and also holds a degree in Science, majoring in Psychology, an invaluable area of knowledge, as many of her clients suffer from psychological disorders.

Kristina strives to achieve the best possible result for all her clients. Skilled, decisive and assertive, Kristina demonstrates dedication, care and professionalism at all times.

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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 25/02/2013