Importing Marketable Quantity of Amphetamines

AmphetaminesThis is a case involving a young man charged with importing marketable quantity of amphetamines.

Our client is a Taiwanese national who was 20 years of age at the time of the alleged offending. He had a cousin who was living in Australia and who persuaded him to come to Australia to assist him in importing synthetic drugs.

Our client then came to Australia and, with the cousin, rented 3 different apartments which were intended to be the delivery addresses for packages. When a package was delivered to an address, the land lord became suspicious of it and contacted the police. The package was detected as containing drugs and the client was later arrested and interviewed where he made admissions to expecting delivery to another address. That package was later intercepted by police and was also found to contain drugs. The total weight of the drugs was approximately 355g.

Kristina Kothrakis represented the client at the Melbourne County Court on the charge of Import Marketable Quantity of Amphetamines.

The client had lived a difficult life in Taiwan. He was financially independent from his family from the age of 17 and worked 2 jobs after school and on weekends to fund his education and living expenses. He was an ambitious and intelligent young man.

Kristina was able to rely on a number of mitigating factors on the client’s behalf. These included his young age, his good prior history, his excellent future prospects, his early plea of guilty, and his co-operation with the police. The Judge accepted all of these propositions, and considered that he will be unlikely to re-offend again in the future.

The type of charge is viewed particularly seriously by the Court. It has become a prevalent offence and the Court of Appeal has made it clear that sentencing judges need to place a great deal of weight on the sentencing principles of general deterrence (that is, imposing a penalty that will make others think that the risk is not worth it), protection of the community, and denunciation. This means that people who appear before a court with these types of charge should expect severe penalties.

The judge ultimately balanced the impressive personal qualities of my client against the seriousness of the offending, and imposed a penalty which is lower than what many others have received in the past for the charge of importing marketable quantity of amphetamines.


Kristina KothrakisKristina Kothrakis

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 10/11/2017