Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
Sale or Supply of a Prohibited Drug
It is an offence in the ACT to sell or supply a prohibited substance or drug of dependence. The maximum penalty is a fine of 500 penalty units and/or 5 years imprisonment.
The Offence of Selling or Supplying A Prohibited Substance or Drug of Dependence
The offence of sale or supply is contained in section 164 of the Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 which states that a person commits an offence if they:
- Sell or supply a prohibited substance or drug of dependence to any person; or
- Participate in the sale or supply of a prohibited substance or drug of dependence to any person; or
- Possess a prohibited substance or drug of dependence for the purpose of sale or supply to any person.
The above does not apply if the person is authorised to sell or supply the prohibited substance or drug of dependence under the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008.
Well known examples of prohibited substances include:
- Coca leaf;
- Heroin; and
- MDMA (ecstasy).
Well known examples of drugs of dependence include:
- Methylamphetamine (meth/ice);
- Oxycodone; and
This offence carries a maximum penalty of a fine of 500 penalty units, imprisonment for 5 years or both.
What is Sale or Supply?
The ordinary meaning of the word ‘sell’ is extended in the dictionary contained in the Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 to include:
- offer or expose for sale.
The ordinary meaning of the word ‘supply’ is extended in the dictionary contained in the Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 to include:-
- offer to supply but does not include administer.
What the Police Must Prove
To convict you of selling or supplying a prohibited substance or drug of dependence, the prosecution must prove each of the following matters beyond reasonable doubt:
- That you sold or supplied a substance; and
- That substance was a prohibited substance or drug of dependence; and
- That you were not authorised to sell or supply the prohibited substance or drug of dependence under the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008.
Possible Defences for Selling or Supplying a Prohibited Substance or Drug of Dependence
The common ways to defend this charge are:
- To maintain your innocence if you did not commit the act; or
- To argue that you did not sell or supply the substance; or
- To argue that the substance was not a prohibited substance or drug of dependence; or
- To argue that you were authorised to sell or supply the prohibited substance or drug of dependence under the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008.
Which Court Will Hear Your Matter?
These matters may be dealt with in either the ACT Magistrates Court or the ACT Supreme Court, depending what the prosecution and/or you elect to do.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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