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."
Drug Lawyers Sydney
Armstrong Legal’s criminal law team are experienced drug lawyers who specialise in drug offences. Due to this expertise, we are able to answer any questions you have, whether you’ve been charged with an offence under the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW), Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW), the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) or are being investigated. Our team has developed strategies that have led to excellent outcomes for our clients, sand can assist persons who have been charged with an offence, received a Court Attendance Notice, arrested and bailed or remanded in custody on drug charges.
Armstrong Legal’s Sydney drug lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of all of the relevant legislation, case law and evidentiary matters that can arise in a drug related matter. We also have extensive practical experience appearing in the law in the Local Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Children’s Court and appeal Courts. Whether you are facing trafficking or importation, cultivation, supply allegations, or a simple charge of possession, our Sydney drug lawyers are here to help.
Drug convictions can have very serious long term ramifications, including impacting your employment opportunities and ability to travel.
Criminal convictions can affect many areas of a person’s life. Our Sydney drug lawyers can help every step of the way, ensuring that our clients understand the principles and procedures that govern how the court will deal with their matter and the options available to them, so that they can make the best decisions on how to proceed. They are highly skilled at guiding clients through what is often the most difficult time in their lives.
Types Of Drug Offences
All drug offences are serious and should be taken as such. We have had great success for our clients, both those who have pleaded guilty and those who have contested charges, in all of the offence categories. We deal with the broad spectrum of drug offences including:
A person can be charged with a drug possession offence simply by knowingly having a prohibited drug under their control, even if they are not using the drug. Possessing a prohibited drug carries a maximum penalty of 20 penalty units and/or two years imprisonment.
Self-administering (using) prohibited drug
If a person smokes, injects or ingests drugs, they can be charged with Self-administering a prohibited drug. To be convicted of this offence the police must prove that the person took the prohibited drug. They may do this through admissions from the person, by getting a positive blood test result (in certain limited circumstances), or through other evidence. The maximum penalty is 20 penalty units and/or two years imprisonment.
Supplying prohibited drug
If a person gives or sells a prohibited drug to another person, they can be charged with supply. There does not need to be any financial gain for a charge of supply to be proven. Charges of supplying a drug can attract very severe penalties, particularly if the person the drug was supplied to was underage. The Court will consider the circumstances of the offence and the type and quantity of drug supplied when deciding on the appropriate sentence. The maximum penalty for this offence is up to 15 years imprisonment. Where a commercial or large commercial quantity of the drug is involved, the maximum penalties are higher.
Deemed supply of prohibited drug
A person can be charged with the deemed supply of a drug if they possess a quantity of a drug that is above the ‘trafficable quantity’ of that drug. In such a case, the legislation deems the person to be in possession of the drug for supply. . In some cases, a deemed supply charge can be defended by arguing that the drugs were in the persons possession for personal use or another reason other than aupply. In some cases, the charge can be negotiated to the less serious charge of possession.
Cultivation or Manufacturing prohibited drug
A person can be charged with an offence if the cultivate (grow) a prohibited drug (such as cannabis) or manufacture a prohibited drug. Cultivation or manufacturing a prohibited drug is a very serious offence in New South Wales, with the penalties ranging from a fine up to life imprisonment.
Importing prohibited drug
If you bring a prohibited drug into Australia you can be charged with a Commonwealth offence of importing a prohibited drug, even if it is a very small quantity. The maximum penalty for such an offence ranges from two years imprisonment to life imprisonment, depending on the precise charge and quantity involved.
How Our Drug Lawyers Can Help
When a person is facing criminal charges they will benefit from having an experienced drug lawyer on their side. Our Sydney drug lawyers can assist in gathering all relevant evidence and build a strong defence strategy or attempt to minimise any sentence. It may be possible to avoid a conviction for some drug-related matters. If it is a child who has been charged with offences, they may be eligible for a diversionary program that will allow them to stay out of the courts.
For advice or representation, give our Sydney drug lawyers a call on 1300 038 223 or send us an email.
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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