Trafficking, Possess Drug of Dependence – Good Behaviour Bond, No Conviction

This is a case study on a charge of Trafficking in a Drug of Dependence resulting in a good behaviour bond without conviction.
The client was charged with trafficking over 9 grams of Heroin. He was caught in his car with the Heroin, scales and other items related to the trafficking of a drug of dependence.

He was charged with:

Josh Taaffe, who is one of our lawyers based in Doogue + George – Melbourne Office, represented the client on a guilty plea at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

There were some odd circumstances associated with this case, including that most of the Heroin was given away.
On the plea, material was tendered and information given to the Court to demonstrate that the client had lead a blameless life but was suffering from a Manic episode at the time of the offences. His mental illness was not properly diagnosed and treated and had influenced his ability to make rational decisions.

Since the offences, the client had stabilised and received more appropriate medical care and counselling. The Court was advised that the client had raised a family and worked hard all of his life contributing to his community. He enjoyed the full support of his family and friends.
The Court was persuaded to impose a without conviction good behaviour bond.

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.

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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 25/02/2013