A person who supplies or administers a controlled substance is guilty of an offence. The offence of supplying a controlled substance can carry with it a term of imprisonment.
Supply has been defined as provide, distribute, offer to provide or distribute.
Our specialist criminal lawyers at Caldicott Lawyers are experts in all drug related matters, including supply of a controlled substance.
The maximum penalty for a basic offence, if the offender is a serious drug offender, is $75,000 or 15 years imprisonment, or both. In any other case, $50,000 or 10 years imprisonment, or both.
For an aggravated offence, $75,000 or 15 years imprisonment, or both.
It may be a defence against the charge of supply of a controlled drug if you:
- Didn’t have possession of the drug,
- Had a lack of intent,
- Have a mental impairment, or
- Have a factual dispute.
The police must prove that:
- You had possession of the controlled substance; and
- There was an intention to supply or administer the controlled substance.
This is a major indictable charge. The proceedings will initially commence in the Magistrates Court of South Australia. If there is sufficient evidence against you, the matter will then be transferred to the Supreme Court of South Australia.
If you are charged with this offence you definitely require the services of a lawyer – call us on (08) 8120 3778 or email [email protected] and our experienced criminal lawyers will be happy to answer your questions in relation to your charge of supply of a controlled drug.