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 Possession QLD
In Queensland, possession of a dangerous drug carries a maximum penalty of 3 years’ imprisonment if dealt with in the Magistrate’s Court. More serious offences will be dealt with in the District or Supreme Court, and carry maximum penalties of between 15 and 25 years’ imprisonment, depending on the type and quantity of the drug.
The offence of Possessing a Dangerous Drug is contained in section 9 of the Drugs Misuse Act 1986, which states: A person who unlawfully has possession of a dangerous drug is guilty of a crime.
What actions might constitute possession of a dangerous drug?
There is a list of dangerous drugs set out in Schedules 1 and 2 of the Drugs Misuse Regulation 1987.
The term “possess” is very broadly defined, in line with how the word is commonly used, including having dangerous drugs on your person, for example in your pocket. It also extends to having control of the drugs, such as having them in a car that you are driving or a bag that belongs to you.
What the police must prove
To convict you of possessing a dangerous drug, the prosecution must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:
- you knowingly had in your possession;
- a dangerous drug;
- without lawful excuse.
Possession can include joint possession between multiple persons; having control over the drug, even if another person had physical custody of it; and having it in a car or house, or other place to which only you have access.
Possible Defences for Possess Dangerous Drug
Possible defences include an honest and reasonable mistake – that is, genuinely and reasonably believing that the drug was in fact not a dangerous drug, but some other, lawful item.
Which court will hear your matter?
This is determined by the type and quantity of the drug in question. Most minor offences involving small amounts of a drug will be heard by the Magistrates Court. More serious offences, involving large quantities, will be heard either in the District or Supreme Courts.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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