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."
Offences Involving MDMA/Ecstasy
Ecstasy, more properly known as 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), is a stimulant drug which is illegal to import, possess, supply or traffic in Queensland. This section describes the range of offences involving ecstasy under Queensland law and includes the likely penalties for the more common first drug offences.
MDMA/ecstasy is classified as a Schedule 1 “dangerous drug” under the Drugs Misuse Regulation 1987.
It is illegal to possess dangerous drugs pursuant to section 9 of the Drugs Misuse Act 1989.
The maximum penalty for possessing MDMA/ecstasy depends on the quantity of the drug possessed. There are three quantity ranges under the Act and Regulation. Possessing less than 2 grams carries a maximum penalty of 15 years; 2 grams or over, 20 years; and 200g or more, 25 years.
Will I Go to Jail For Possessing MDMA/ecstasy?
If you are guilty of possessing over 200 grams of the drug then a sentence of imprisonment is almost inevitable. For lesser amounts, in particular amounts under 2 grams, sentences other than imprisonment are often imposed. If you are guilty of possessing under 1 gram of the drug, and if it is your first drug offence, you might be eligible for a drug diversion order.
It is illegal to supply a dangerous drug pursuant to section 6 of the Act.
The maximum penalty for supplying MDMA/ecstasy depends on the nature of the supply. Supplying a child aged under 16 carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment; aggravated supply, 25 years; and supply in any other case, 20 years.
“Aggravated supply” is when a person supplies MDMA/ecstasy to someone who is over 16 but under 18, supplies the drug in an educational or correctional facility, supplies it to a person who is intellectually impaired, or supplies it to as person who does not know they are being supplied with MDMA/ecstasy.
Will I Go to Jail For Supplying MDMA/ecstasy?
If you are guilty of aggravated supply a jail sentence is almost inevitable. For less serious examples of the offence, a custodial sentence is often avoidable. An example could be where a young person buys a small amount of the drug to share with their friends.
It is illegal to carry on a business unlawfully trafficking in a dangerous drug, under section 5 of the Act. The maximum penalty for trafficking MDMA/ecstasy is 25 years imprisonment.
Will I Go to Jail For Trafficking MDMA/ecstasy?
While not inevitable in less serious cases, most people who are guilty of trafficking MDMA/ecstasy can expect to received a jail sentence, normally with a portion served inside a jail.
If a person receives a sentence of imprisonment (other than an Intensive Corrections Order or a suspended sentence) then the law requires the court to order they serve 80% of their sentence inside of jail before being eligible for release.
It is illegal to produce dangerous drugs pursuant to section 8 of the Act.
The maximum penalty for producing MDMA/ecstasy depends on the quantity of the drug produced. There quantity ranges and penalties under the Act and Regulation are the same as for possession, except that the prison term rises from 20 years to 25 years if a non-drug-addicted person produces 2g or more.
Will I Go to Jail For Producing MDMA/ecstasy?
A sentence of imprisonment is not inevitable, but one should be expected in most cases if you are guilty of producing MDMA/ecstasy.
MDMA/ecstasy is a border controlled drug. Importing a border controlled drug is a federal offence under Division 307 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995.
The maximum penalty for importing MDMA/ecstasy depends on the quantity imported. A marketable quantity is 2g, and commercial quantity is 750g.
There are three quantity ranges under the Commonwealth Act which apply to border-controlled drugs or plants. Importing or exporting carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and/or 2000 penalty units. If the amount is a marketable quantity, the maximum penalty is 25 years imprisonment and/or 5000 penalty units; and for a commercial quantity, the maximum penalty is life imprisonment and/or 7500 penalty units.
Will I Go to Jail For Importing MDMA/ecstasy?
Almost certainly, yes. An offence of importing MDMA/ecstasy will normally attract a sentence of imprisonment, even for first-time offenders. It is very important that a person charged with such an offence seeks competent legal representation at an early stage.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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