Our client is a 38-year-old teacher.
Police in plain clothes observed him stand up and exit a bar as they were entering the premises with a drug-detection dog.
Police decided to approach him, at which time our client immediately produced a small bag of cocaine and handed it over to them.
Police then arrested and issued him with a court attendance notice.
It wasn’t the first time our client was in trouble for drug possession.
He had two prior drug possession offences, and was placed each time on a ‘section 10’ good behaviour bond, without a criminal conviction.
He had been warned by the magistrate on the previous occasion that such leniency would not be extended to him on a third occasion.
Despite that warning, our lawyers ensured he was placed in the best possible position in court. We assisted him to prepare character references, a letter of apology and evidence he would likely lose the job he recently acquired if convicted.
Our client also made enquiries about participating in a drug rehabilitation program, and we produced evidence of his efforts to the court.
We then made extensive submissions before the court, and with some hesitation the magistrate was ultimately persuaded to deal with our client by placing him on a good behaviour bond without conviction once again.