Drug supply on an ongoing basis’ refers to situations where you supply a prohibited drug (other than cannabis) more than three times in the space of a month, and you obtain some financial or material benefit for it.
Although being charged with drug supply on an ongoing basis is understandably a distressing and upsetting experience, you can give yourself the best defence against the charges by enlisting the help our experienced drug lawyers, who have developed tried and tested methods of fighting and beating drug supply charges.
Pleading Not Guilty
To be found guilty of drug supply on an ongoing basis, the prosecution must prove two things beyond a reasonable doubt:
- That you supplied any prohibited drug, other than cannabis, on three or more occasions over the course of a month
- That you received some form of monetary or material benefit from it, such as cash, gifts, other drugs or the promise of a promotion.
If you feel that the prosecution will be unable to prove these two factors beyond a reasonable doubt, you should consider pleading ‘not guilty’ and getting our expert drug lawyers on your side.
Our expert lawyers specialise in drug law and can give you the best possible defence against the charges by finding issues with the prosecution case and pushing for the charges to be dropped – for example, where there is no proof that you supplied drugs more than three times in the course of a month.
In many cases, we are able to raise these types of issues at an early stage and push to have the charges dropped or reduced to a less serious charge, such as drug supply, which carries lesser penalties.
If the prosecution refuses to drop the charges, our highly skilled advocates will present all evidence in court to prove your innocence, along with any possible defences to the charges, for example, where you were threatened or coerced into supplying the drugs (duress).
If you are willing to accept the charges against you, you may wish to enter a plea of ‘guilty’ at an early stage in the proceedings.
By pleading guilty at an early stage, you may avoid the costly and time-consuming process of having a criminal trial or a defended hearing.
You may also end up with a more lenient penalty, as pleading guilty will show to the court that you have accepted responsibility for your actions.
If you are considering pleading guilty to the charges, you may want to know what kind of penalty you could end up with.
Drug supply on an ongoing basis is what is known as a strictly indictable offence, meaning that it can only be dealt with by higher courts, such as the District or Supreme Courts. The maximum penalty for this offence is 20 years imprisonment and/or a $385,000 fine.
However, these types of penalties will apply in only the most serious of cases.
Our expert drug lawyers have a thorough understanding of the law and can help you persuade the judge to impose a more lenient penalty.
The court has the power to issue several alternative penalties, including:
- Section 10
- Good behaviour bond
- Community service order
- Intensive correction order
- Home detention
- Suspended sentence
- Full-time imprisonment
Statistics indicate that the most common penalty for ongoing supply is full-time imprisonment, with a median sentence of 36 months and a non-parole period of 20 months.
This means that on average, a person will spend 20 months in prison for an ongoing supply charge. However, the sentence will largely depend on the type and amount of drugs supplied and how frequently it was supplied.
If you’ve been charged with ‘drug supply on an ongoing basis’, our experienced drug lawyers can help you obtain a lenient outcome. Unlike a general lawyer, our drug law specialists have the knowledge and expertise to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
We have a proven track record of fighting and winning ‘drug supply on an ongoing basis’ cases, so you can rest assured that your future is in safe hands.