What is Drug Supply ?

You could be charged with supplying a drug of dependence if you are caught:

1.With a certain quantity of the prohibited drug
2.With preparing (such as dividing the drugs into smaller packages) or 3.manufacturing a drug
4.Selling the drug
5.Buying drugs for a friend.

Case law/Jurisdiction
Schedule 1 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act sets out the small, traffickable, indictable, commercial and large commercial quantities for each prohibited drug.

Where the amount exceeds the indictable quantity, this matter is strictly indictable which means that it cannot be finalised in the Local Court. Strictly indictable matters usually go to the District Court.

Where the amount does not exceed the indictable quantity, this matter is a Table 1 offence which means that either the DPP or an accused can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.
Where the amount does not exceed the small quantity, this matter is a Table 2 offence which means that the DPP can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.

According to the case law of R v Gu [2006] NSWCCA 104, unless truly exceptional circumstances exist there is a clear line of authority that a full-time custodial sentence ought to be imposed wherever the offender has been “substantially involved in supply”.

What must the prosecution prove?

Since Supply a prohibited drug is a criminal offence, the burden of proof lies on the Prosecution.

The prosecution must prove the Accused’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

That is a high standard of proof that the prosecution must achieve before someone can be convicted of Supply a prohibited drug.

To establish Supply, the prosecution must prove each of the following matters beyond reasonable doubt;

  • that you supplied, or knowingly took part in the supply of; a prohibited drug

The Law
The offence of Supply Prohibited Drug is set out in section 25 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act which states:

A person who supplies, or who knowingly takes part in the supply of a prohibited drug is guilty of an offence.

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    If you are charged with the offence of SUPPLY A prohibited drug what are your options?

    National Criminal Lawyers have been successful in defending a number of Supply prohibited drug charges where the prosecution could not establish each of the elements of the offence. We have also achieved a number of non-convictions for Supply a prohibited drug charge.

    NCL offer the following options for those who have been charged with Supply prohibited drug.

    1. We will negotiate with prosecutors (police or DPP) (a term referred to as “plea negotiations”);
    2. NCL will Plead Not Guilty and go to hearing/trial;
    3. Plead guilty to the elements of the charge and then dispute the facts (at a special “disputed facts” hearing); and/or
    4. Plead guilty with full acceptance of the facts as set out by the police and make strong submissions on your behalf seeking a non-conviction by the Court.

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    There are three reasons to choose National Criminal Lawyers:

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    At National Criminal Lawyers we know that Criminal Law is a matter of Human Rights. For this reason, we take pride and passion in representing our clients. This pride and passion to assist those charged with an alleged or actual breach of the criminal law is to us a matter of righteous necessity and in that sense, you can always rest assured that National Criminal Lawyers are the best defenders of your rights. This true not only when the police have just simply got it wrong OR if they have got it right then we can speak with you and make sure you get you the best result available.

    If you have been charged with any Drug Supply offence our Team and National Criminal Lawyers are well versed and specialists in having charges either withdrawn and otherwise achieving favourable outcomes.

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