Drug Related Offences

Arrested and Charged with a Drug Related Offence in Victoria?

We have put together a brief overview of Drug Related Offences and associated Victorian Law. For more information on this matter you can visit www.liv.com.au or you call us for advice at any time, our phone line is open 24 hours a day.

Types of Drug Related Charges


  • Use of a Drug of Dependence
  • Possession of a Drug of Dependence
  • Trafficking, Manufacturing, Cultivating or Importing Drugs of Dependence
    • Low Level Amounts
    • Commercial Quantities

 Drug Related Offences – Court & Penalties


» Drug Related Cases are heard in the Magistrates Court or if they are of a more serious nature, the County Court.

» Depending on the seriousness of the charge the penalties can range from a Small Fine to Criminal Convictions and Jail Sentences.

» Our Criminal Defence Solicitors are experienced in defending a range of Drug Related Charges in both the Magistrates Court and the County Court.

You Might Want to Know.......

Is a Drug Possession Charge considered a General Offence or a Serious Offence?

Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking or  Drug Cultivation/Manufacture charges can be either a) a Summary Offence or b) an Indictable Offence.

It depends on the amounts in questions and the Class type of drug.

Am I Likely to Receive a Criminal Record?

If you are charged with, and are convicted of, Drug possession or trafficking in Commercial Quantities it is very likely that you will receive a Criminal Record. Some Drug Possession Charges can also result in the defendant having a criminal record, for instance, if you provided or shared drugs with a friend or partner that is considered  to be Trafficking.

Important Information

If you are found guilty and convicted of a Drug Related Offence you could face fines, a criminal conviction or even a Jail term.  Some countries restrict immigration and visitors from entering if they have a Drug Conviction on record. We recommend you get advice from an Accredited Criminal Lawyer as soon as possible. You can call us for advice about urgent criminal matters 24 hours a day on 03) 9781 4900

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