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 Trafficking QLD
Trafficking in dangerous drugs, sometimes simply called ‘Trafficking’, is perhaps the most serious drug offence in Queensland and it is punishable by up to 25 years imprisonment (depending on the type of drug which is trafficked).
It is most common for people convicted of Trafficking to be sentenced to a term of full time custody, even for a first offence. If you are convicted and sent to jail for Trafficking, you will likely be required to serve 80% of your sentence in prison before you can be considered for parole. If you or a family member has been charged with Drug Trafficking, it is essential that you obtain legal representation as soon as possible.
The Offence of Trafficking in Dangerous Drugs
The offence of Trafficking is created by section 5 of the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 which says:
“A person who carries on the business of unlawfully trafficking in a dangerous drug is guilty of a crime. Maximum penalty—
- if the dangerous drug is a thing specified in the Drugs Misuse Regulation 1987, schedule 1-25 years imprisonment; or
- if the dangerous drug is a thing specified in the Drugs Misuse Regulation 1987, schedule 2-20 years imprisonment.”
Trafficking encompasses all actions connected with the commercial trade of a relevant drug. It is not necessary that a commercial drug enterprise be of a particular size to constitute Trafficking, though small-scale trade or simply buying and selling between individuals might result in a charge of Possessing or Supplying a Dangerous Drug instead.
Should I Participate in a Recorded Interview with Police if They are Investigating me for Drug Trafficking?
Generally, solicitors will advise against participating in an interview with police while under investigation. However, there are times where participating in an interview may be appropriate, or might even be in your best interests. It is vital that you get competent legal advice as soon as possible if you are aware that you are being investigated for drug trafficking.
What is the Likely Penalty for Drug Trafficking?
The major determinants of the penalty in Trafficking cases include the type of drugs trafficked, the quantity of drugs, their value and the overall sophistication of the venture. As a starting point, you should expect a term of imprisonment if you are convicted of Trafficking. For large scale commercial operations, for example a venture which imports large quantities of drugs into Australia and then distributes those drugs to lower-level suppliers, the principals could expect to receive a sentence upwards of 15 or 20 years imprisonment if convicted.
The law requires that if you are convicted of Trafficking and sent to prison (except if a portion of your sentence is suspended) you must serve 80% of your sentence before being considered for release on parole.
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.
WHY CHOOSE ARMSTRONG LEGAL?
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