Possession of Tablet Press

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).
This is an indictable offence which would ordinarily be heard in the County Court.
Examples of possession of a tablet press:
  • You watch an episode of Underbelly and you are inspired to buy a pill press and store it in the family garage
What is the legal definition of Possession of Tablet Press?
A person who, without being authorized by or licensed under this Act or the regulations (if any) to do so or otherwise without a lawful excuse, possesses a tablet press is guilty of an indictable offence.

“Can they prove you were the person who possessed the tablet press?”

The law for Possession of Tablet Press can be found on section 71C of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981.

Elements of the offence
For an accused to be found guilty of this charge, the following elements must be proven in court beyond reasonable doubt:
  • The accused possessed a tablet press
  • The accused had no lawful excuse for possession of the tablet press

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.
Questions in cases like this
  • Where did the police find the tablet press? How are they going to prove that you were in ‘possession’ of it?
  • Is the machine a tablet press?
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.

The maximum penalty for Possession of Tablet Press (s71C of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981) is 600 penalty units or level 6 imprisonment (5 years maximum).