Supply of Drug of Dependence to a Child
Have you been accused of Supply of Drug of Dependence to a Child? This is a serious offence and you must prioritise speaking with one of our lawyers if you become aware of this allegation against you.
Police InterviewIt is important that you receive legal advice before speaking with Police. One of our lawyers can advise you about how to conduct yourself during a Police interview. You may want to know – should I make a statement to Police? Should I attend a Police interview? Do I need to give my DNA? Will the Police leave me alone if I explain my side of the story? Will I be remanded?
The Police are trained in asking questions in a way to make you seem like your are not telling the truth even though you are. Do not attend the Police interview without speaking with a lawyer first and hope to handle it correctly.
One of our lawyers can also attend the Police station with you if you would like the support of a lawyer during the interview.
Pleading Not GuiltyWe are defence lawyers who are experienced in defending charges of Supply of Drug of Dependence to a Child. Make a time to speak with one of lawyers who can create a defence strategy for you.
In a case like this, you want a lawyer who is going to consider:
- Have the Police done a compete investigation?
- Are there people who the Police have not spoken to who might help your case?
- Is there evidence which helps your case which needs to be preserved?
Pleading GuiltyWe will assess the brief of evidence to consider the police case against you. If you decide to plead guilty to a charge of Supply Drug of Dependence to a Child, we will undertake thorough preparation for your plea hearing.
If appropriate, we will enter negotiations with the prosecution as to the alleged summary, aiming to resolve the case on the most favourable basis for you. We gather relevant material and work with you to understand the background to what has occurred. It is our job to communicate that to the Court.
SentencingSentencing in the higher courts of Victoria
Examples of Supply of Drug of Dependence to a Child
- An 22 year old gives ecstasy to a 14 year old.
- A father gives his 12-year-old child a package containing a drug to dependence to pass onto a friends parent.
What is the legal definition of Supply of Drug of Dependence to a Child?A person gives a drug of dependence to a child to pass onto another person or a person gives a drug of dependence to a child for them to use.
“Have you been accused of supplying drugs to a child?”
LegislationThe legislation for this offence can be found on section 71B of Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981.
Elements of the offenceIn 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 authorised or licensed to do so.
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.
Questions in cases like this
- Was is a drug of dependence?
- How was it supplied?
Supply of drug of dependence to a child (s71B of Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981) is a very serious offence that will normally mean that you will serve a prison term if you are found guilty. It carries a maximum penalty of 1,600 penalty units (fine) or level 3 imprisonment (20 years maximum), or both.
The reason why it is considered to be such a serious offence is because there are children involved.