Possession of Tablet Press

‘Possession of Tablet Press’ is an offence contrary to s 71C of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (the Act).

Penalties Available

‘Possession of Tablet Press’ has a maximum penalty of a $95,142 fine or 5 years imprisonment or both. This is a very rare charge and is often accompanied by a range of other charges, including drug trafficking charges.

Being found guilty of ‘Possession of Tablet Press’ is likely to carry a gaol term. The courts consider that without tablet presses there would not be the same quantity of illicit tablets being manufactured.

Elements of the Offence

To prove this offence the prosecution must show that (1) the accused possessed a tablet press and (2) that the accused was not authorised or licensed to possess the tablet press under the act.

Possible Defences

Defences to this charge can be:

  • Someone other than the accused was in possession of the tablet press.
  • Factual disputes about where and when the tablet press was seized.
  • Disputes as to intention to possess.

You should ring us and discuss your case if you have been charged. Deciding on whether to plead guilty or not has important implications for you and should be made after proper discussions with a criminal lawyer.