Pleading Guilty to Drug and Firearm Charges

This is a case study on pleading guilty to drug and firearm charges.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was charged with trafficking ICE (over 30 grams), GHB, and various prescription drugs. He was also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, a knuckle duster, and a knife. Despite being quite young, he had a significant criminal history and had already served a 95-day sentence of imprisonment for trafficking shortly before. These charges also breached his Community Corrections Order.

What happened at court?
We represented the client at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:

As the client wanted to enter an early plea of guilty to the drug and firearm charges, we case conferenced his matter and booked it off for a consolidated plea. We submitted that the client had a difficult upbringing but had significant prospects of rehabilitation, as he had a supportive family, a potential job offer, and an offer to participate in a rehabilitation program.

We also highlighted the fact that the client had been working and participating in programs whilst inside prison. This was further supported by character references which spoke glowingly of the client’s commitment to his family.

What was the result?
His Honour sentenced the client to a 12-month imprisonment with a non-parole period of 5 months. The client had served 71 days at the time of sentence, so was given the opportunity to continue his good work inside prison before having the option of applying for parole a couple of months later.

This was an excellent result for a case that involves pleading guilty to drug and firearm charges. This was especially a good outcome given that the client had just served a term of imprisonment for a similar offending.

Elements of Commit Indictable Offence Whilst on Bail:
  • The accused was on bail; and
  • The accused committed an indictable offence during such time.
Related case studies
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 23/01/2019