Court Heard: Brisbane Magistrates Court
Maximum Penalty: 25 years imprisonment
Solicitor: Andrew Hanlon
Date: February 2018
Our client was charged with a number of drug offences following a police search of his residence during which police located significant quantities of a number of different illicit drugs, large amounts of cash, drug utensils and two weapons for which our client did not hold a licence.
The most serious of these charges were possessing schedule 1 dangerous drugs in a quantity over 2 grams and an offence of supplying dangerous drugs to another which carried maximum penalties of 25- and 15-years’ imprisonment respectively.
After a careful analysis of the evidence relied upon by the prosecution we were able to successfully negotiate significant reductions in the charges against our client. This allowed the matter to be finalised as a plea of guilty to the reduced charges at the Magistrates Court level.
Mr Hanlon appeared on sentence and made submissions highlighting our client’s remorse and co-operation with the authorities, lack of previous criminal history and efforts towards rehabilitation with respect to his substance use.
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Ultimately the court accepted Mr Hanlon’s submissions and imposed a fine for the offences while not recording convictions. As a result of the reductions to the charges we were also able to secure the return of the cash previously seized from our client by police.