Drug Offences – CCO

Our client was charged with drug offences (trafficking cannabis, cultivate cannabis, possess drug of dependence, and use drug of dependence) and firearm offences (possess long arm firearm cat A X 2, possess general category handgun and possess ammunition). He made early admissions, was co-operative with the Police and had no prior court history.

Shaun Pascoe represented our client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

Submissions against a non-custodial sentence were directed to his young age, absence of prior court appearances, absence of further offending and his cooperation with the Police. Our client had been able to demonstrate a significant step towards his own rehabilitation by voluntarily booking in for a course of drug counselling, the evidence of which was presented to the Court. A psychological report was also utilised to place his mental health in context with the offending before the Court.

Our client’s father also provided a character reference, outlining the positive changes his son had made to his life. The circumstances of the firearm offences were also carefully explained to the Court as he did not own most of the weapons and was keeping them under the instruction of an older offender.

Our client was fortunate to avoid a term of imprisonment.

After entering a plea of guilty to a consolidation of charges including: traffick cannabis, exceed speed limit, possess cat long arm rifle X2, possess general category handgun X2, possess ammunition, possess cannabis and use cannabis, our client was placed on a Community Corrections Order for 18 months. His licence was also suspended for the statutory minimum of 12 months.


Shaun PascoeShaun Pascoe

Shaun is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and a partner of the firm. Shaun runs the Heidelberg branch of Doogue + George.

He is an experienced criminal law solicitor and works hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. Shaun handles indictable and summary criminal offences and is an expert at criminal defence for both contested and non-contested cases.

Visit Shaun's profile to read more about his background and experience.

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