Are There Any Ways to Avoid Penalties for Drug Possession?

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 section 10 dismissal or conditional release order for a drug possession offence.

A section 10 dismissal or conditional release order is where the magistrate does not record a conviction if the defendant pleads guilty.

Section 10 dismissals and conditional release orders are not always possible, but there are a number of circumstances where you might be able to successfully obtain a section 10 dismissal or conditional release 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 section 10 dismissal or conditional release 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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About Ugur Nedim

Ugur Nedim is an Accredited Specialist Criminal Lawyer and Principal at Sydney Criminal Lawyers®, Sydney's leading firm of criminal and traffic defence lawyers.
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