Based on the demeanour of the client, the police deemed it necessary to search the vehicle. They found MDMA, LSD, and GHB, including $6,000 in cash. Everything was confiscated and the client was dealt a crushing blow of being charged with possessing various drugs, dealing with proceeds of crime (related to the cash), and breaking two road rules.
That Saturday night had turned badly very quickly for the client. He was a young man but was otherwise a hardworking member of the community without a criminal record.
We represented the client at the Moorabbin Justice Centre. The offences were:
We listened carefully to the client’s story. We knew that it was possible for the client to achieve a good result and even to claim back the cash. We pushed the prosecution to a contest mention.
The client had a reason for getting back his money and, unless the prosecution could dispel it, the charge could be struck out. It took some debating but the prosecution eventually agreed to withdraw the charge.
Next, the plea was prepared with focus on giving the client’s careless behaviour some context. The plea also highlighted the positive steps that the client had taken since the incident. Specifically, we made submissions about the counselling the client had undertaken and the drug awareness treatment he had begun.
- The substance in question was a drug of dependence.
- The accused possessed the substance.
- Adjourned Undertaking for Possess Drug of Dependence
- Possession of Methamphetamine and Cannabis – Adjourned Undertaking
- Adjourned Undertaking for Dealing With Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime
- Pleading Guilty to Handling Stolen Goods and Other Charges
- Youth Charged With Drug Possession and Driving Offences
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 07/12/2019