Are There Any Ways to Avoid Penalties for Drug Possession?

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This article is additional to our earlier blog about getting ‘section 10 dismissals or conditional release orders‘ for drug possession (guilty but no criminal conviction).

There are certain circumstances that might allow your criminal lawyer to successfully defend your drug possession charge.

If you can be reasonably believed to have had no knowledge of the drugs in your possession, and no intention of using them, this might result in having the charges dismissed.

Also, if the police search was not conducted appropriately, this can lead to their evidence not being submissible.

Your lawyer can advise you on any mitigating circumstances that might apply in your particular situation.

In certain circumstances, you might be able to obtain a non conviction order for a drug possession offence.

A non conviction order is where the magistrate does not record a conviction if the defendant pleads guilty.

Non conviction orders are not always possible, but there are a number of circumstances where you might be able to successfully obtain a non conviction order.

This means that you will not have the offence recorded, and you will not be penalised. A competent drug defence lawyer can help advise you on getting a non conviction order.

If you have recently been charged with possession of drugs, make sure you find a lawyer with proven experience in drug defence cases.

As well as the penalties for drug possession Sydney and NSW wide, having a conviction on your criminal record can impact your ability to find employment.

Give yourself the best chance of a positive outcome by seeking expert legal advice – contact Sydney Criminal Lawyers® today.

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Ugur Nedim

Ugur Nedim

Ugur Nedim is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist with 25 years of experience as a Criminal Defence Lawyer. He is the Principal of Sydney Criminal Lawyers®.

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