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Supply of Drug of Dependence to a Child

Supply of drug of dependence to a child is a very serious offence that will normally mean that you will serve a prison term if you are found guilty. This type of charge is generally heard in the County Court. The reason why it is considered to be such a serious offence is because there are children involved

In essence to prove this charge the Prosecution must show that the accused supplied a drug of dependence to a child under the age of 18 years without being authorized or licensed to do so.

Defences to this can be the belief that the child was over the age of 18 years at the time that drug was supplied. This then becomes an argument about the surrounding circumstances and what age the person appeared to be and the reason for that assessment. There are also the normal factual disputes as to who actually committed an act. That is who actually supplied the drugs?

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

Deciding on whether to plead guilty or not has important implications for you and should be made after proper discussions with a criminal lawyer. If you are found guilty you may serve a term of imprisonment and so it would be prudent to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.

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

 

Further information on Supply of drug of dependence to a child

Possible Defences

In a case of Supply of drug of dependence to a child, the following defences may be applicable to the charge:

Penalties

What penalties can be imposed for a charge of Supply of drug of dependence to a child?

  • 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 Supply of drug of dependence to a child?

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

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