Drug Charges, Weapons Offences, and Traffic Violations

This is a case that involves multiple drug charges, weapons offences, and traffic offences.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was found beside the road following a road accident where he was thrown from his motor bike and hit a tree. He was found in possession of over 100 grams of ice and over 250 grams of Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB). Also in his possession were a knife, knuckle duster, and $2,270 in cash.

The client was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma. He was discharged 2 months later with a diagnosed Traumatic Brain Injury and paralysed arm. At the time of sentencing, he was receiving ongoing treatment and therapy and was scheduled for further surgeries.

What happened at court?
Amelia Ramsay acted on the client’s behalf at the Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:

We made substantial submissions in relation to the client’s youth, excellent prospects of rehabilitation, as well as demonstrated rehabilitation, family support, early plea of guilty, extra curial punishment through his injury and brain injury, demonstrated insight, and remorse.

A number of character references were also tendered to the court. We assisted the client in obtaining these references and made sure that they were appropriate for court purposes. We argued that they all spoke of the client’s good character and excellent prospects of rehabilitation.

We also advised the client to bring family and friends to court as demonstrated support and protective factors.

What was the result?
All the matters were taken into account and ultimately persuaded the Magistrate that a non-custodial disposition was appropriate for the drug charges, weapons offences, and driving charges, some of which were also withdrawn.

Amelia RamsayAmelia Ramsay

Admitted to practice in 2013, Amelia performs her work with care and professionalism ensuring clients understand the Court process, their charges and that they receive the best possible outcome.

Since joining Doogue + George, Amelia has represented clients in a broad range of indictable offences including, manslaughter (one-punch laws), foreign incursion and terrorism related offences, importation of drugs, cultivation of drugs, and sexual offences. Her work has included trials in the County and Supreme Court, plea hearings and contested committals as well as appeals to the Court of Appeal. Amelia works closely with barristers including briefing Queen’s and Senior Counsel. Amelia also appears regularly at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and suburban courts as a solicitor advocate.

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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 02/02/2018