#161 Gladstone Drug Possession

29 Jun 2020  •  7 Views  •  3 Likes
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Join Wiseman Lawyers Traffic Lawyer Andrew Wiseman at Gladstone Magistrates Court as he represents a client charged with Drug Possession. Watch Andrew explain what happened in the courtroom, along with the outcome which he achieved and how he achieved it.

All right, today I’m in Gladstone Magistrates Court. Today’s actually our first flying job since COVID, well again, really. We’ve been doing a lot of regional appearances during COVID but it’s been all over the phone because the courts have been shut down to physical attendances. And whilst we have finalised a lot of matters regionally, like [inaudible] and the likes, it’s all been by telephone appearances. So from our office in East Brisbane, basically on a conference call. Courts are reopening and as are airlines. We’ve done some regional jobs since the courts have opened but no actual flying jobs. I did a Chinchilla job a couple of weeks ago but obviously I drove there from Brisbane. But again today, flew up from Brisbane to Gladstone for our first regional physical court attendance since before COVID. Today wasn’t a driving matter. You’ll note from our branding and previous websites, we do drug, alcohol and traffic offending and occasionally we’ll get a current client or a friend of a current client or someone who’s just sourced us out wanting to do something that’s not actually driving but it’s still within that drug, alcohol and traffic offending umbrella.

So sometimes we’ll get a drunk disorderly or carrying on well drunk or drug possession that’s separate to a driving offence. And that was the case today. It was low level drug possession charge. I mean, you’re not going to go to jail for a first time offence so it’s debatable as to whether or not everyone needs a lawyer when they go to court for first time, low level drug offending. But some persons who were in a job where a conviction for such an offence could have major ramifications, may think it’s necessary or appropriate and that was the case today. So again, I’m not claiming my client was at risk of jail or anything like that. Even if she was unrepresented there was no way she was going to get more than a fine or perhaps probation if they agitated the bench.

But yeah, she wasn’t at any risk of jail but she was pretty keen on making sure there was no blemish on her recording hence her, sorry on her history, hence her seeking us out. Basically we got her to do everything we get all of our clients to do with regard to online form information. There’s an online form we got all of their clients to fill out. It tells us all about you, your background, any underlying issues and how you got yourself into this pickle. We got the client to get references based on a template we give all of their clients but also letters from mental health providers and, not addiction, but dependency counsellors. Got all those in order before court. Met her at court this morning.

So I flew up from Brisbane today. We met her at court this morning, grabbed the conference room, ran through my submissions and procedure and the steps I was going to take in the courtroom. We went in there. The magistrate who knows me well from other jurisdictions closer to Brisbane who’s now, for whatever reason up here, I’m not sure if he’s here permanently or just relieving, but he knows me well from my previous appearances in other jurisdictions. He was very happy with the documents that were provided at the outset. My submissions were minimal given all that work was done, not just by myself, by the client prior to today. Look, the long and short of it is, she was granted what’s politically known as drug diversion but it’s really a good behaviour bond. So she’s been given a three month good behaviour bond with a $200 recognisance. So what that means is, there’s $200 hanging over your head. If you are of good behaviour and you do a short seminar that is a part of the bond on drug offending, so if you can go three months through that seminar and not re-offend, the $200 will evaporate and that’ll be the end of it. [inaudible] And again, if this client [inaudible] is very important.

Whereas if you do offend in that three months, the $200 can drop down. You have to pay it and then obviously be sentenced for the new offence. But yeah, so three months, good behaviour bond, $200 recognisance. So she won’t have to pay the $200 unless she breaches the bond. No conviction recorded. Client’s very happy. I’m Andrew Wiseman at Gladstone Magistrates Court. Thanks for watching.

Andrew represents clients at all Queensland courts, namely Alpha Magistrates Court, Atherton Magistrates Court, Aurukun Magistrates Court, Ayr Magistrates Court, Badu Island Magistrates Court, Bamaga Magistrates Court, Barcaldine Magistrates Court, Beaudesert Magistrates Court, Beenleigh Magistrates Court, Biloela Magistrates Court, Birdsville Magistrates Court, Blackall Magistrates Court, Blackwater Magistrates Court, Boigul Island Magistrates Court, Boulia Magistrates Court, Bowen Magistrates Court, Brisbane Magistrates Court, Bundaberg Magistrates Court, Burketown Magistrates Court, Caboolture Magistrates Court, Cairns Magistrates Court, Caloundra Magistrates Court, Camooweal Magistrates Court, Charleville Magistrates Court, Charters Towers Magistrates Court, Cherbourg Magistrates Court, Childers Magistrates Court, Chinchilla Magistrates Court, Clermont Magistrates Court, Cleveland Magistrates Court, Cloncurry Magistrates Court, Coen Magistrates Court, Cooktown Magistrates Court, Coolangatta Magistrates Court, Cunnamulla Magistrates Court, Dajarra Magistrates Court, Dalby Magistrates Court, Darnley Island Magistrates Court, Doomadgee Magistrates Court, Duaringa Magistrates Court, Emerald Magistrates Court, Gatton Magistrates Court, Gayndah Magistrates Court, Georgetown Magistrates Court, Gladstone Magistrates Court, Goondiwindi Magistrates Court, Gympie Magistrates Court, Hervey Bay Magistrates Court, Holland Park Magistrates Court, Hughenden Magistrates Court, Ingham Magistrates Court, Inglewood Magistrates Court, Innisfail Magistrates Court, Ipswich Magistrates Court, Julia Creek Magistrates Court, Kingaroy Magistrates Court, Kowanyama Magistrates Court, Landsborough Magistrates Court, Lockhart River Magistrates Court, Longreach Magistrates Court, Mabuiag Island Magistrates Court, Mackay Magistrates Court, Mareeba Magistrates Court, Maroochydore Magistrates Court, Maryborough Magistrates Court, Mer Island Magistrates Court, Millmerran Magistrates Court, Mitchell Magistrates Court, Moa Island Magistrates Court, Monto Magistrates Court, Moranbah Magistrates Court, Mornington Island Magistrates Court, Mossman Magistrates Court, Mount Garnet Magistrates Court, Mount Isa Magistrates Court, Murgon Magistrates Court, Nambour Magistrates Court, Nanango Magistrates Court, Noosa Magistrates Court, Normanton Magistrates Court, Oakey Magistrates Court, Palm Island Magistrates Court, Pine Rivers Magistrates Court, Pittsworth Magistrates Court, Pormpuraaw Magistrates Court, Proserpine Magistrates Court, Quilpie Magistrates Court, Redcliffe Magistrates Court, Richlands Magistrates Court, Richmond Magistrates Court, Rockhampton Magistrates Court, Roma Magistrates Court, Sabai Island Magistrates Court, Sandgate Magistrates Court, Sarina Magistrates Court, Southport Magistrates Court, Springsure Magistrates Court, Stanthorpe Magistrates Court, St George Magistrates Court, Tambo Magistrates Court, Taroom Magistrates Court, Thursday Island Magistrates Court, Toogoolawah Magistrates Court, Toowoomba Magistrates Court, Townsville Magistrates Court, Tully Magistrates Court, Warraber Island Magistrates Court, Warwick Magistrates Court, Weipa Magistrates Court, Winton Magistrates Court, Woorabinda Magistrates Court, Wynnum Magistrates Court, Yam Island Magistrates Court, Yarrabah Magistrates Court, Yeppoon Magistrates Court and Yorke Island Magistrates Court.