Possession of a Controlled Drug Key Facts

Maximum Penalty

  • Fine of $2000 or 2 years imprisonment or both

Possible Defences

  • you show a lack of intent;
  • lack of control; or
  • lack of knowledge.

What Is The Charge Of Possession of a Controlled Drug?

A person who has possession of a controlled drug (other than cannabis, cannabis resin or cannabis oil) may be guilty of an offence.

This offence is serious and can carry with it a term of imprisonment.

What Is The Penalty For Possession of a Controlled Drug?

It is also an offence to have possession of any piece of equipment for use in connection with the smoking, consumption or administration of a controlled drug (other than cannabis, cannabis resin or cannabis oil) or the preparation of such a drug for smoking, consumption or administration.

The maximum penalty for this offence is $2000 or 2 years imprisonment or both.

What Are The Possible Defences For Possession of a Controlled Drug?

It may be a defence to the charge if:

  • you show a lack of intent;
  • lack of control; or
  • lack of knowledge.

What the Prosecution Must Prove

The police must prove that you:

  • are/were in physical control of the drug, and
  • had the knowledge (or intention) of having the drug.

Case Studies For Similar Offences

We have defended thousands of criminal cases over many decades and constantly achieve outstanding results for our clients. Please view our results by clicking the cases below:

Cannabis

Cannabis

Reference: 1400542

Trafficking Methylamphetamine

Trafficking Methylamphetamine

Reference: 1500569

Trafficking in a Controlled Drug

Trafficking in a Controlled Drug

Reference: 1500054

Trafficking in a Commercial Quantity of a Controlled Drug

Trafficking in a Commercial Quantity of a Controlled Drug

Reference: 1600429

Trafficking Ecstasy

Trafficking Ecstasy

Reference: 1600725

Trafficking Ecstasy

Trafficking Ecstasy

Reference: 1800120

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