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Drug Offence Lawyer

Welcome to Timpano, your reliable partner in navigating the legal complexities surrounding drug offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act in Perth & Western Australia (WA). If you or a loved one are facing drug charges, our experienced drug charge lawyers in Perth and Western Australia are here to provide you with expert legal representation and unwavering support.


Drug Offences in Western Australia

In Western Australia, drug offences are governed by the Misuse of Drugs Act, home to some of the nation’s toughest drug laws. These offences span possession, intent to sell, manufacturing, cultivating controlled plants, and trafficking. Regulated by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981, engaging in any illicit drug-related activity incurs penalties of varying degrees.

Potential penalties for drug offences in Western Australia are substantial and can often result in fines, community based dispositions and/or imprisonment. The severity of these penalties hinges on factors including the type and quantity of the drug, the nature of the offence, the degree of commerciality and overall criminality, and any previous criminal history. The maximum penalty that applies under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 (WA) will also depend on whether a matter proceeds summarily, in the Magistrates Court, or on Indictment, in the District Court. Generally speaking, the maximum penalties are as follows:


Potential Penalties for Drug Offences

Potential penalties for drug offences in Western Australia are substantial and can often result in fines, community based dispositions and/or imprisonment. The severity of these penalties hinges on factors including the type and quantity of the drug, the nature of the offence, the degree of commerciality and overall criminality, and any previous criminal history. The maximum penalty that applies under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 (WA) will also depend on whether a matter proceeds summarily, in the Magistrates Court, or on Indictment, in the District Court. Generally speaking, the maximum penalties are as follows:

Simple Possession Offences

Up to $2,000 in fines and/or 2 years imprisonment

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Up to $36,000 in fines and/or 3 years imprisonment.

Possession of a Prohibited Drug with Intent to Sell or Supply

If dealt with on indictment, up to $100,000 in fines and/or 25 years imprisonment. If dealt with summarily, up to $5,000 in fines and 4 years imprisonment.

Possession of a Prohibited Plant with Intent to Sell or Supply

If dealt with on Indictment, up to $20,000 in fines and/or 10 years imprisonment. If dealt with summarily, up to $5,000 in fines and 4 years imprisonment.

Defences Against Drug Charges

At Timpano Legal, we recognise the uniqueness of each drug defence case. The nuanced differences between various offenses—whether it’s personal use, intent to sell, or trafficking—are absolutely critical in determining the most optimal outcome for your case.

With a specialisation in defending drug charges in Perth, Timpano Legal comprises of experienced drug defence lawyers who excel in meticulous case evaluation to craft the most effective defence strategy tailored to your unique situation.

Facing drug charges can undoubtedly be overwhelming, but rest assured, there are legal defences available to safeguard your rights and interests. Our experienced drug lawyers bring a wealth of experience to carefully assess the specifics of your case, ensuring the formulation of the most effective defence strategy. Whether it involves challenging the evidence, addressing procedural errors, or exploring alternative resolutions, you can find reassurance in knowing that we are here to strongly advocate for your rights and diligently work towards securing the best possible outcome for your future.

Over the years, Timpano has achieved numerous successes in drug charges and Misuse of Drug Act cases. Our drug charge lawyers in Perth & Western Australia (WA) have helped clients overcome adversity and secure favourable outcomes. These success stories are a testament to our dedication to justice and our commitment to each client’s case.

Contact Timpano Legal – The Expert Drug Defence Lawyers in Perth

Here At Timpano Legal – We walk the path with you every step of the way.

If you’re facing drug charges, you don’t have to face the legal process alone. Timpano Legal is here to provide you with leading legal representation and personalised support. Our dedicated drug lawyers are committed to protecting your rights, advocating for your interests, and guiding you towards the best possible resolution.

Contact us now to schedule a consultation with the team at Timpano Legal and take the first step towards securing your future. Time is of the essence when it comes to your defence.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Drug Charges

Can I be charged for drug possession if I didn’t have the drugs on me?

Drug possession charges can be complex. The law considers both actual and constructive possession. Timpano Legal can help you understand how these laws apply to your situation.

What is the difference between drug trafficking and drug distribution?

Drug trafficking generally involves the transportation of illegal substances, while drug distribution involves selling or transferring drugs to others. Both offences can carry serious consequences.

Can I get a suspended sentence for a drug offence in Western Australia?

Suspended sentences are at the discretion of the Court. Our drug defence lawyers in Perth and Western Australia can help you navigate the legal options available based on the specifics of your case.

Do drug diversion programs exist in Western Australia?

Yes, Western Australia has drug diversion programs aimed at offering treatment and support rather than criminal punishment for minor drug offences. Our Western Australian drug lawyers can advise you on eligibility and participation.

What do I do if I am under investigation with a drug offence?

If you find yourself facing drug charges, we strongly advise refraining from making any comments to the police, except for providing your name, date of birth, and address. It’s crucial to seek advice from a drug lawyer before sharing further information. To safeguard your best interests, obtaining legal representation soon after being charged is paramount. This ensures you receive comprehensive advice before entering a plea to your charges.

For immediate assistance, call Timpano Legal on 9221 7777 to secure the guidance you need.

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Laura Willox

Senior Criminal Lawyer & Practice Director

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Eloise Barker

Principal Lawyer

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Sitara Grey

Criminal Lawyer

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Criminal Lawyer

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Administration Assistant

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