If commerciality applies, there still is many circumstances which may reduce the severity of the alleged offence. A key mitigating point may be that the person who possessed a commercial quantity of dangerous drugs has an addiction and/or is a drug user. When assessing addiction, the court must be satisfied on the balance of probabilities (which differs from the typical criminal standard), that there was a link between that addiction and the commission of the offence or offences. The matter of R v Bouchard (1996) 84 A Crim R 499, Callaway JA, delivers a leading judgement:
“It may be [a] very significant factor in sentencing that an offender engaged in trafficking, especially at street level, in order to gain the wherewithal to satisfy his own craving, rather than as a non-user…”
If you have been charged with an offence relating to commercial possession of a dangerous drug, supplying dangerous drugs, trafficking in dangerous drugs or any other offence of a like nature, we recommend seeking legal advice.
We have experience assisting people with drug related charges. In relation to this, we know that charge/s can change between arrest and the final court date, which includes the alleged facts, maximum penalties, and, but not limited to, whether all charge/s proceed. Accordingly, you may be guilty, but not of the offence that you are charged with. As such, our role will be to assist you in reviewing the case against you and challenging the evidence where required. This may result in:
- Challenging the element of commerciality, which might allow for summary election
- Challenging the nature of the supply
- Challenging the quantity and period of trafficking
While drug related offences may yield significant maximum penalties, our role will be to reduce the likely penalties imposed through negotiating the facts and challenging the evidence where possible. If you have been charged with any criminal offence or in particular, possessing dangerous drugs, organise a complimentary case assessment on 0401 999 347.