Drug offences in Queensland
Few people realise just how severe drug laws are in Queensland. Possessing more than 2 pure grams of the drug ecstasy will send you on your way to the Supreme Court, which if it is alleged that you supplied that drug to someone else, can result in jail terms of up to 25 years.
However, heavy sentences are usually reserved for activities where the drug offence was intended to or did, reap the accused some profit. And although the police might not have observed any drug sales or transactions, they will try to support an allegation that the accused dealt in drugs for profit by looking at other circumstances surrounding the drug possession allegation.
Have you been caught driving under the influence of drugs? You'll need a drug driving lawyer.
What could be investigated?
In order to support an allegation, the police might delve into an accused's bank records searching for deposits that cannot be attributed to wages or salary. The deposits the police claim support their allegation, though, may be explicable as being lawfully acquired. In such a situation you will require the services of an experienced criminal defence lawyer to prepare an argument in response, in a manner which is acceptable to a court.
Another matter which often arises in drug cases is whether the person caught in possession of the drug knew or should have known that he or she had drugs in their possession. A good example of a matter like this is one where the driver of a car which recently carried some passengers is charged with drugs found in that car at some time after the passengers have left.
Complex legal principles apply when such a consideration is being determined before a court. A person without experience with such matters will simply be unable to cope with those principles and how they apply to the circumstances of his or her case.
Contact us today if you have been charged with a drug offence.
Drug Charges in the News
Former Australian drag racing champion Brett Stevens faces Supreme Court on drug charges
The criminal trial into Brett Raymond Stevens, 50, began in Brisbane today. He has pleaded not guilty to three charges: trafficking in MDMA between 1 August 2007 and 4 February 2009; production of MDMA in a quantity exceeding 2 grams; and unlawfully supplying MDMA on 1 July 2008.
Stevens, or "Skunk" as he is also known, was an Australian drag racing champion before retiring in 2008. A year later he was arrested by police alleging he was at the centre of a large ecstasy operation involving tens of thousands of pills and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Read the whole story
'Lonely hearts' pleads not guilty to robbery, drug charges
A MAN dubbed the "lonely hearts bandit" in NSW and accused by Queensland police of detaining a Gladstone woman and tying her up before robbing her, is to stand trial in the District Court.
Beau Robert Bartlett, 32, appeared via video link before Gladstone Magistrates Court today on a series of robbery and drug-related charges.
Bartlett, who did not apply for bail before magistrate Penelope Hay agreed through his lawyer Jun Pepito to a hand up committal on four of nine charges. Read the whole story
Two men face drug charges in Geebung
Police searched the house at Robinson Road and located a hydroponic cannabis production.
A 25-year-old man and a 56-year-old man, both from Geebung, have each been charged with producing a dangerous drug and two counts of possessing things used in the commission of a crime. Read the whole story