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Drugs Lawyer – Representation on Drugs Charges

Western Australia is renowned for having some of the toughest drug laws in the world. In WA, drugs charges are typically categorised in three ways:

  1. “personal use” or “simple possession”;
  2. possession of a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply;
  3. drug trafficking.

Understanding the distinction between personal use, possession of prohibited drugs with intent to sell or supply and drug trafficking is vital to determining the right approach in a drugs case and securing the best outcome. The penalties for drug offences in Western Australia can range from a small fine and spent conviction to decades in prison.  Accurate legal advice from an experienced criminal lawyer who knows how the drug laws work in WA is highly recommended if you are serious about making the right choices and getting the best outcome.

We offer a comprehensive service for clients facing drugs charges in WA. Every criminal case is different and we are experienced in representing clients in all manner of drugs cases. We regularly defend clients at trials in the District Court before judge and jury as well as representing clients on pleas of guilty in the Magistrates Court.

Pleading Guilty to a Drug Charge

We take a holistic approach to clients who are facing difficulties with substance abuse who are looking for help in addressing their addiction. Our criminal lawyers have a lot of experience in helping clients put the right material before the court at sentencing hearings for drugs cases. We have access to and experience working with a range of counselling services and rehabilitation services that assist us to reach the best possible outcome for our clients in court.

We can also provide advice about the drug court program and whether this is the right option for you.

We also have a high success rate in applying for spent convictions for clients charged with possession of small quantities of illicit drugs. We can advise how to go about obtaining character references and other materials that may be required to meet the legal test for spent conviction.

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When it comes to defending drugs charges at trial: we believe that our clients deserve only the best in court representation. That is why we will usually recommend engaging the services of one of Perth’s best independent criminal barristers for drugs cases where there is a firm plea of “not guilty”.

In drugs trials, it is often vital to have access to the best forensic experts so that any DNA evidence or telephone/computer evidence that is to be relied upon by the State can be properly tested. We have access to a network of suitably qualified experts whom we know and trust and can be called upon on a case-by-case basis.

How Much Trouble Am In?

if you have been charged with a drug offence and desperate to know how much trouble you’re in: check out our comprehensive article “Drugs Charges: How Much Trouble Am I In?“. You can also call our office  on 1300 274 692  and one of our knowledgeable criminal lawyers will be able to quickly and accurately assess your situation.

Our team of criminal solicitors and barristers based in the Perth CBD are criminal law specialists and experienced in providing sound legal advice to clients. If you’re looking for a criminal defence lawyer in Perth to assist you in respect of any case involving possession of drugs, possession of a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply or drug trafficking:  give us a call today on 1300 274 692 or fill out an online enquiry and one of our experienced criminal lawyers will be happy to assist you.