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Drug Offences

DRUG OFFENCES CAN RANGE IN SERIOUSNESS, FROM MINOR OFFENCES TO LENGTHY AND SUBSTANTIAL PERIODS OF IMPRISONMENT FOR MORE SERIOUS OFFENCES.

The majority of drug related offences are dealt with under the Drugs Misuse Act and associated regulations.

The majority of drug related offences are dealt with under the Drugs Misuse Act and associated regulations. Drug Offences can range in seriousness, from minor offences to lengthy and substantial periods of imprisonment for more serious offences.

The more common types of drug offences that appear before the Court include:

  • Possession of dangerous drugs and other items;

  • Supplying dangerous drugs;

  • Producing dangerous drugs; and

  • Trafficking dangerous drugs.

Unlike the majority of offences in Queensland, where there is a presumption that a person is presumed innocent of any offence until proven guilty, the Drugs Misuse Act contains provisions for a number of offences where this onus is reversed.

For example, in circumstances where police execute a search warrant and locate an illicit drug in the premises, the occupier of the premises is presumed to be in possession of that illicit substance, unless they can demonstrate that they did not know, or ought not to have known, about the presence of the drug.

In addition, the Drugs Misuse Regulation classifies dangerous drugs into different schedules. Schedule 1 drugs, such as amphetamines, cocaine, and heroine, are regarded as more serious than other scheduled drugs, and the Courts will often impose higher penalties for individuals convicted of offences relating to Schedule 1 drugs. Recorded convictions, or even a charge for any drug related matter, can have serious repercussions for individuals, and it is important that experienced legal representation is obtained so that you receive fully informed advice as to how the unique operation of law applies in your particular case.