Criminal Lawyers for Drug Manufacture – s 24 Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985


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Being charged with manufacturing illegal drugs can be an unsettling experience for anyone.

However, with the help of our specialist drug lawyers, you can rest assured that you are getting the best possible representation in your drug manufacture case.

Our dedicated lawyers will fight for you every step of the way, no matter how serious the charges are.

Your Options

Pleading Not Guilty

To be found guilty of drug manufacturing, the prosecution must prove that you took part in any step of the drug manufacturing process –for example:

  • Manufacturing or assisting with the manufacturing of drugs
  • Emptying flasks and disposing of rubbish associated with drug production
  • Providing or arranging finance for the manufacture of drugs
  • Providing a location, such as a house or warehouse to be used for the production of drugs

If you believe that your actions did not constitute ‘drug manufacturing,’ you may wish to plead not guilty to the charges and have one of our highly-experienced specialist drug lawyers defend the matter in court.

Our lawyers have a proven track record of fighting and winning drug manufacture matters, and can help you identify ways to fight the charges, for example, by providing evidence to show that your actions did not amount to ‘drug manufacturing.’

Examples of conduct that does not constitute drug manufacturing include: Where you picked up and transported materials to be used in drug manufacturing, attempted to manufacture drugs with chemicals that were incapable of doing so, or simply watched the manufacturing process.

Our drug law experts can also advise whether you have any defences to the charges, for example:

  • Where you were threatened or coerced into manufacturing drugs (duress)
  • Where you were unaware that your actions were contributing towards the manufacturing of drugs (honest and reasonable mistake)

Pleading Guilty

If you are willing to accept the charges alleged against you, you may wish to enter a plea of guilty at the earliest opportunity. This will show to the court that you have accepted responsibility for your actions and may enable you to get a lesser penalty.

However, before entering a plea, you should speak to one of our experienced criminal lawyers, who will be able to advise whether there is any way to fight the charges by pleading ‘not guilty.’

If you are considering pleading guilty to the charges, you may be wondering what type of penalty you will receive and how it will affect your life and future.

The maximum penalty that you will be looking at depends on the type and amount of the drug in question. There are other factors which may also increase the seriousness of the offence (and the penalty that you will get) such as the level of involvement that you played in manufacturing the drugs:

 

Amount

Maximum Penalty

Local Court

Higher Courts

Small

  • 0.25g ecstasy
  • 1 gram cocaine or amphetamines
  • Not more than a small quantity: 2 years imprisonment and/or $5,500 fine.
  • More than the small quantity but less than the indictable quantity: 2 years imprisonment and/or $11,000 fine.
  • Not more than a small quantity: 15 years imprisonment and/or $220,000 fine.
  • More than the small quantity but less than the indictable quantity:15 years imprisonment and/or $220,000 fine.

Indictable

  • 1.25g ecstasy
  • 5g cocaine or amphetamines
Only dealt with by higher courts.
  • More than the small quantity but less than the indictable quantity: 15 years imprisonment and/or $220,000 fine.

Commercial

  • 125g ecstasy
  • 250g cocaine or amphetamines
Only dealt with by higher courts.
  • More than the indictable quantity but less than the commercial quantity: 15 years imprisonment and/or $220,000 fine.

Large Commercial

  • 0.5kg ecstasy
  • 1 kg cocaine or amphetamines
Only dealt with by higher courts.
  • More than the commercial quantity but less than the large commercial quantity: 20 years imprisonment and/or $385,000 fine.
  • Large commercial quantity: Life imprisonment and/or $550,000 fine.

However, these are maximum penalties only and the type of penalty that you will receive depends on all the facts and circumstances of your case.

Remember, your best shot at getting the best possible outcome in your case is to get in touch with a specialist drug lawyer, who has the skills and experience to best help you.

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers, we have a long and proud history of helping our clients successfully defend serious drug charges.

Our specialist knowledge of drug law, combined with our outstanding advocacy skills, allows us to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients, time and time again.

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