What are the penalties for drug possession?


If you’ve been charged with drug possession you probably want to know what kinds of penalties you’re looking at. The law says that drug possession is a summary offence, which means it is dealt within the local court. It carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and or a $2,200 fine. It’s important to remember that those are the maximum penalties only, and in most cases you won’t receive a prison sentence. At the end of the day it’s up to the magistrate to decide the type of penalty you’ll be receiving after considering factors such as your age, your criminal history, your prospects of rehabilitation, and whether or not you’ve demonstrated remorse. The good news is that in many possession cases you can avoid a conviction altogether by getting what is known as a section 10. This means that no conviction will be recorded on your criminal history, so you won’t have to worry about how a criminal record might affect your employment or travel plans, and we’ll be able to go about your life as you please. You can think of it as kind of a second chance or a best-case scenario. If you’re thinking that this sounds pretty good you might want to check out our video on how can I avoid a conviction for drug possession if I have pled guilty, which has some information on what you can do to increase your chances of getting a section 10. Remember if you’re facing a drug charge it’s important to speak to a specialist drug lawyer. That’s because every case is different and an expert in drug cases will have the relevant knowledge, expertise, and experience to advise you of the best way forward. At Sydney Drug Lawyers we are vastly experienced in dealing with all types of drug charges. So you know that you’ll be in safe hands. We also have an outstanding track record of getting cases dropped, winning drug cases in court, and receiving section 10s if our clients wish to plead guilty. So give us a call now on our 24-hour hotline and find out how we can protect your future.

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