Reducing Imprisonment Period for Drug Trafficking in a Commercial Quantity

This is a case study on reducing imprisonment period for drug trafficking in a commercial quantity.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was charged with a co-accused, with swallowing approximately 240g of ketamine overseas and bringing it into Australia. They were apprehended at Melbourne Airport by the Federal Police and both charged with importing a marketable quantity of the drug.

What happened at court?
Kristina Kothrakis represented the client at the Melbourne County Court. The charge was Trafficking in Drugs of Dependence – Commercial Quantity.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment and is viewed very seriously by the courts. As part of the elements of the offence, it is required that a certain amount of the drug imported was to be sold. There was some debate in this case as to whether it was intended for sale or for personal use. Our position was that our portion of the drug was to be for personal use.

From the time of arrest to the time of sentencing, nearly two years had passed. In that time, the client had worked extremely hard at rehabilitating himself. He did regular drug screens to show that he was abstinent, and engaged regularly in counselling over that period. The change was remarkable and we were able to provide a very impressive material at the plea hearing.

What was the result?
People normally go to gaol for significant periods in a case of Trafficking in a Drug of Dependence – Commercial Quantity. However in this case, the duration was dramatically shortened. It was a good example of a case that involves reducing imprisonment period for drug trafficking in a commercial quantity.

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 12/06/2018