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Possession of Substance etc for Trafficking in a Drug of Dependence

Possession of a substance, material, documents or equipment for trafficking in a drug of dependence is a serious charge and you could well be sentenced to a gaol term if you are found guilty of this offence. This type of charge is often heard in the County Court when a person is charged with a variety of drug charges .

In essence to prove this charge the Prosecution must show that the accused possessed a substance, material, documents or equipment relating to preparation, cultivation or manufacture of a drug of dependence with the intention of using them for the purpose of trafficking in a drug of dependence without being authorized by or license under this Act.

Defences to this can be related to the issue of intention. What did you intend to possess? Did you intend to possess this substance etc for trafficking. As with any possession charges there are often disputes about what was possessed by the accused.

You should ring us and discuss your case if you have been charged with a possession offence.

Your decision about whether to plead guilty or not to such a serious charge should be made after proper discussions with a criminal lawyer.

This is legislation that comes from section 71A of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981.

 

Further information on Possession of substance etc for trafficking in a drug of dependence

Possible Defences

In a case of Possession of substance etc for trafficking in a drug of dependence, the following defences may be applicable to the charge:

Penalties

What penalties can be imposed for a charge of Possession of substance etc for trafficking in a drug of dependence?

  • Deferral of Sentencing
  • Diversion
  • Without Conviction Order
  • Adjournment of the Charges on Undertaking (Good Behaviour Bond)
  • Fine
  • Community Corrections Order
  • Suspended Prison Sentence
  • Term of Imprisonment

Legislation

What is the legislation for the charge of Possession of substance etc for trafficking in a drug of dependence?

The legislation for this offence can be found on section 71A of Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981.

Case Studies

We currently have no available case studies for the charge of Possession of substance etc for trafficking in a drug of dependence.

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Further Info

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You may also visit this page to view sentencing decisions by Victorian County Courts for the offence of Possession of Substance etc. for Trafficking in a Drug of Dependence.

 

Need further legal advice on this charge?
Contact one of our barristers specialising in cases of Possession of Substance etc. for Trafficking in a Drug of Dependence, Shaun Pascoe.