Trafficking, Possess Drug of Dependence and Proceeds of Crime – Fine, No Conviction

pillsOur client was charged with trafficking a drug of dependence, possess drug of dependence, and possess proceeds of crime. He has no prior convictions and the prosecution alleged that the trafficking occurred on a single date.

Shaun Pascoe represented our client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

After entering a plea of guilty, the Magistrate imposed a substantial fine of $5,000 but was persuaded to allow our client the opportunity to avoid conviction. The Magistrate recognised the significant steps that our client had taken towards his rehabilitation, which included moving from the state to sever his negative peer associations.

This was an exceptional outcome and not reflective of the usual tariff for an offence of trafficking, which is frequently dealt with by way of recording a conviction. But for the unusual features of this case and the proactive steps taken by our client, the result may well have been quite different (and more severe).


Shaun PascoeShaun Pascoe

Shaun is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and a partner of the firm. Shaun runs the Heidelberg branch of Doogue + George.

He is an experienced criminal law solicitor and works hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. Shaun handles indictable and summary criminal offences and is an expert at criminal defence for both contested and non-contested cases.

Visit Shaun'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