Trafficking, Possess Drug of Dependence – Guilty Plea – Fine Without Conviction

Our client was observed by police, drunk and urinating in public in the early hours of the morning. They searched him and found 64 capsules of MDMA powder. Our client admitted that he intended to sell the capsules in order to make money to fund a trip to Europe.

He was charged with:

Given that he had made extensive admissions to the police, Josh Taaffe, representing our client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, arranged for him to plead guilty at the very first opportunity. This resulted in him being given full credit for his remorse and co-operation.

On the plea Josh made submissions and tendered material that showed that the trafficking was out of character – a one of foolish attempt to make some quick cash before our client’s trip. The financial pressures that he was under from supporting his extended family and the steps he had taken to get his life back on track after the offending were pointed out to the Court.

The Court was convinced that our client was of good character, hard working and with excellent prospects of rehabilitation. Sentencing him as someone who had made a brief but very poor decision he was fined without conviction for all of the charges.


Josh TaaffeJosh Taaffe

Josh has extensive experience in indictable crime including sex offences, assaults & drug matters.

As an instructing solicitor Josh has specialised in handling complex matters, such as murder and terrorism trials, including State and Commonwealth Supreme Court trials. Josh is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist.

Visit Josh’s profile to read more about his background and experience.

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 25/02/2013