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Know What Makes A Drug Case In Sydney?

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The Australian Government has a strict, anti-drug policy in place. Legislation makes it a criminal offence to possess, supply, and cultivate drugs. The Government’s conservative stance on the ‘war on drugs’ has made it near impossible to implement harm reduction methods of addressing issues in drug use, such as pill testing at music festivals. The use of illicit drugs within Australian society at events such as social gatherings, festivals, and casual use is quite prevalent. The use of illicit substances is nothing new but has historically led to public health issues such as addiction, which can lead to engaging in criminal activity, and even homelessness. The methylamphetamine (‘ice’) epidemic has caused great grief to many Australian families in recent years. On the global scale, use of the drug cocaine, for example, contributes directly to the hardship suffered by people in predominantly Latin American countries.

No matter where you are positioned in the greater scheme of the world of drugs, if you are caught up in one of the many criminal offences involving drugs, these criminal lawyers in Sydney will represent you in your struggles, providing some light at the end of the tunnel.

The following are some of the possible drug offences one can be charged with:

1- Cultivation of Drugs:

Section 23 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW) makes it an offence to cultivate, supply, or possess a prohibited plant. A prohibited plant is defined as a cannabis plant, or any growing plant of the genus Erythroxylon (cocaine) or of the species Papaver Somniferum, Papaver orientale or Papaver bracteatum (all varieties of opium poppy). Maximum penalties for these offences range from a fine of 2,000 penalty units ($220,000) and/or imprisonment for 10 years, to a fine of 3,500 penalty units ($385,000) and/or imprisonment for 20 years, depending on the amount and type of plant.

2- Importing/Exporting Drugs:

The importing and exporting of drugs in any form is a huge problem in Australia. Division 307 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth) outlines import and export drug offences. The penalties depend upon the quantity and type of drugs in question but the maximum penalty in the legislation is a fine of 7500 penalty units ($825,000) and/or life imprisonment. If you are ever facing an offence of this type you most certainly have to seek the advice and representation of drug lawyers in Sydney.

3- Continuous Supply of Drugs:

If a person supplies a prohibited drug, other than cannabis, on 3 or more separate occasions during any period of 30 consecutive days, for financial or material reward, is guilty of an offence according to section 25A of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW). The maximum penalty for such an offence is a fine of 3,500 penalty units ($385,000), and/or imprisonment for 20 years.

4- Supply of Illegal Drugs:

A person may give their friends or acquaintances a prohibited drug and not realise the severity of doing so. The supply of a prohibited drug is a serious offence under section 25 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW). Severe penalties are imposed for this, with a similar range to the penalties for import/export prohibited drugs, above.

Sydney criminal defence lawyers are experts on defending matters involving drug offences. The supply of prohibited drugs is one of the most common matters for which they represent clients.

Mr Michael Moussa is one of the leading drug lawyers in Sydney. He is Principal of National Criminal Lawyers and leads an expert criminal defence team. They provide insightful advice on how to approach such serious criminal charges. They offer their clients tailored options, specifically suited to their needs. They provide support to their clients from start to finish, on either defending the charges, pleading guilty to just the offence and not the facts, or to both the facts and offence, and negotiating with the police. To know more, please visit https://www.nationalcriminallawyers.com.au/

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National Criminal Lawyers® is one of Sydney’s most sought after criminal law firms. This is because we get the results, give a senior lawyers’ guarantee and we are the best defenders of your rights. We understand how the law works and how the authorities who enforce the law also work. National Criminal Lawyers™ (“NCL”) is a law firm founded by Michael Moussa (one of Sydney’s most fierce lawyers).

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