Possession of Methamphetamine and Cannabis – Adjourned Undertaking

This is a case study on pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine and cannabis resulting in an adjourned undertaking.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was charged with possessing a drug of dependence (methamphetamine and cannabis) and committing an indictable offence while on bail. The police intercepted the client while he was travelling in his car. A search of the car was performed and the police found cannabis and methamphetamine. The client was on bail at the time he was searched.

The client was remanded to Melbourne Custody Centre. His health was rapidly deteriorating as he could not access his medication for long term mental health issues.

What happened at court?
We appeared on our client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for the charges of Possess Drug of Dependence and Commit Indictable Offence Whilst on Bail. The client’s instruction was that he would plead guilty to the offending but that he desperately wished to avoid being imprisoned for the offences.

We were able to secure an adjourned undertaking for the client. An adjourned undertaking is a sentencing option that requires a defendant to comply with certain conditions for a specified amount of time. If the defendant complies with their adjourned undertaking for the specified period, the matter then concludes upon their return to court.

What was the result?
Our client was ordered to attend his regular treatment sessions, counselling sessions, and partake in drug screening for the next twelve months. This result for charges of possession of methamphetamine and cannabis, and committing an indictable offence while on bail, enabled him to access the treatment he needed to manage his mental health issues.
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 02/05/2018