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Avoiding a Criminal Record For Drug Offences
Drug offences in New South Wales are governed by the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act while sentences are imposed under the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act. This page answers some questions that are frequently asked about drug offences including whether avoiding a criminal record is possible. This article is not a substitute for legal advice and if you have been charged with drug offences you should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.
Will I get a Criminal Record for a Drug Possession Matter?
A criminal conviction is very likely unless the court is convinced that it should exercise its discretion not to convict you of the offence.
Avoiding a Criminal Record
Although it is possible to avoid a criminal record for a charge of possessing a prohibited drug, the starting point for the court is always a conviction. Arguments in favour of not imposing a conviction are that the defendant is very young and it is their first offence or that a conviction will impact their current or future employment opportunities.
What is a Section 10?
The expression ‘section 10’ refers to section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999. This section allows a court that finds a person guilty of an offence, to discharge them without recording a conviction. When this occurs, there is no conviction and no criminal record.
How can I Obtain a Section 10?
Courts do not give out section 10s lightly. A court will usually need a lot of convincing before granting a person a section 10. In deciding whether to give a person a section 10, the court must consider the following issues:
- Their age, character, record, health and mental condition
- The trivial nature of the offence
- Any extenuating circumstances
- Anything else the court perceives to be relevant
Can I pay a Greater Fine to Avoid a Criminal Record?
No. It is not possible to pay a larger fine to avoid a criminal conviction. If the court deals with you under section 10 there will be no fine, but there may be court costs (normally less than $80)
What are my Chances of Obtaining a Section 10?
There are a number of factors that can contribute to your likelihood to be dealt with under section 10. To learn more about your chances of obtaining a section 10, call one of our criminal law experts on (02) 9261 4555.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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