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Advice From A Perth Drug Charge Defence Lawyer

Drugs charges can include possession, sell, supply, trafficking, and cultivating prohibited drugs. The seriousness of the charge will depend on the type and quantity of the drug. The greater the weight of the prohibited drug the more serious the offence becomes.

Andrew Williams is a senior criminal law practitioner who has been involved in many matters involving serious drug charges in Western Australia. He goes out of his way to address all legal issues and, if appropriate and necessary challenge all evidence, including covert operatives, informants, and telephone intercepts.

Andrew Williams commitment and determination as a criminal lawyer combined with his passion for justice aims to instill confidence and assurance that his clients receive the representation that they deserve in matters involving drug possession, distribution, trafficking, or manufacturing charges listed in the Misuse of Drugs Act. This may include, prohibited drugs such as Methylamphetamines, cocaine, MDMA, heroin, cannabis, synthetic cannabis, LSD, and ALPHA PVP.  Andrew Williams routinely negotiates charges with the police and the DPP and strives to present strong and compelling arguments in court for his clients.

Andrew Williams Is Passionate About Safeguarding His Clients’ Reputations, Liberty & Freedom.

If you are facing serious drug charges, seek professional advice and representation from criminal defence lawyer Andrew Williams, situated in the heart of Perth. He routinely acts and specialises as a drug charge defence lawyer, and ensures his clients receive sound, knowledgeable and sensible and easy to understand advice.

What The Prosecution Is Required To Prove For A Drug Charge

For a possession of a prohibited drug charge to be proven there are essentially three elements the prosecution must prove. The prosecution is required to prove beyond reasonable doubt the following:

  1. That the accused had the requisite knowledge of the existence of the drug; and
  2. the accused held dominion and control over the drug; and
  3. that the drug in question was illegal to possess

Criminal lawyers are often faced with cases where the prohibited drugs were located by the police in the home or vehicle of the accused. However, this will not necessarily mean that this person is in possession of the drugs. Even if an accused person was aware of the existence of drugs somewhere in their home, it does not necessarily follow that he/she held dominion and control over the drug, because the drugs may, at the time, be under the dominion and control of another.

Charges Of Possession With Intent To Sell And Supply

When a person is charged with possession of a quantity of prohibited drugs that exceeds a weight specified under the Misuse of Drugs Act, the weight of the drugs can give rise to a legal presumption of an intent to sell or supply the drugs.

Generally the onus of proof is on the prosecution to satisfy the court beyond reasonable doubt all elements of a drug possession charge. However in cases where the prosecution are able to prove the element of possession and the quantity of the drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act gives rise to a presumption of an intent to sell supply, the onus will shift to the accused to prove that the drugs were not intended for selling or supplying or to another.

Other drug charges commonly prosecuted in Western Australia include cultivating or growing prohibited drugs such as cannabis. For a charge involving the cultivation of cannabis, the law in the Misuse of Drugs Act also applies a legal presumption of an intent to sell or supply in situations where the quantity of the plants exceeds a certain number.

Which Court Will My Matter Be Determined In?

The Misuse of Drugs Act specifies the court of jurisdiction where a drug charge is to be determined. Generally, minor drug charges involving smaller quantities are determined in the Magistrates Court. However, cases involving larger commercial quantities of prohibited drugs are dealt with on indictment in the District or Supreme Court.

Legal Advice From A Drug Charge Defence Lawyer In Perth That You Can Trust

Andrew Williams takes a strong personal interest in his client’s individual situation and needs. Drug related charges are serious and require the services of a knowledgeable and competent criminal defence lawyer. Without the right guidance it can add stress to a very delicate and fragile situation.

It’s important to have a lawyer who can advise you in an honest, direct manner, conduct a thorough investigation of the evidence relating to the charges, and look at every possible avenue for a defence or a sympathetic understanding of your case.  At the Law Office of Andrew Williams you will be sure to receive professional advice in a confidential environment and you will be treated with the utmost courtesy and respect.

The criminal defence lawyers at The Law Offices of Andrew Williams aim to instill confidence and assurance about having the right representation.

Contact us on 08 9278 2575 for advice and representation in Perth, Fremantle, all courts throughout the metropolitan area, and all regional areas throughout Western Australia.

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Testimonials Hear from our valued Clients

I had Andrew deal with my case recently and couldn't of been happier with the result he got for me.
From the start Andrew was quick to reply to any questions and queries i had regarding my matter. He was very professional in my opinion, very easy to talk to and explained things quiet well.
I felt very comfortable in the court room knowing that Andrew wanted to get the best result he could for me, and i would highly recommend Andrew Williams to anyone who needs a lawyer.

Colin W

I was on a very tight rope where if it balanced the wrong way it would have totally devastated my life.  Andrew was honest through the entire process preparing me for the worst but never let me give up and thankfully with his help got a great outcome that let me move forward with my family .I cant praise Andrew enough and recommend him 100%

Jason M

I trusted that Andrew was the person to defend my case in our initial contact on the phone. He was very confident in his approach, from the first point of contact to the court room. I believe this must be from years of experience. Another added bonus for Andrew is that he is very honest and fair. He tells you like it is in the book of law and does not appear manipulative. His communication skills helped me help him to form a best defensive argument for my case. In other words, he made me comfortable to open up to him. In the end, he was able to convince the judge to let me off with only warning for providing misleading information to the police officer, which can be recorded as a criminal record against your name for 10 years.

Abraham A

Unhappy with my then representation, I went searching for a new lawyer. Andrew responded quickly and professionally to my enquiry. It was quickly apparent during the first meeting that Andrew was knowledgeable, honest and was committed to getting us the best possible outcome. Andrew looked at all avenues available to me in a Magistrates Court matter. He negotiated on my behalf with the prosecution, attended 3 court hearings and defended my plea at a sentencing hearing. Andrew presented strong arguments in my defense and I was very pleased with a successful outcome. Andrew was also transparent and reasonable with his capped fee costing structure.

Timothy R

After being charged with Common Assault of a minor I made a sensible decision not to use the local Kununurra law firm. I engaged Andrew Williams to assist me with resolving this matter (to the point of me being awarded costs). Despite being 4000km away I never had any issues with Andrew's commitment to my case. He promptly returned all calls and demanded I do likewise when important information needed to be exchanged. I found him to be an intelligent, straight-talking and knowledgeable legal counsel. I have no hesitation in recommending this likeable and professional lawyer to those that require legal representation. Especially those that reside in regional or remote areas where there is no choice.

David C

Andrew Williams is a laywer of much dedication I will never have the words of gratitude and admiration for his honesty and integrity I would highly recommend him to anyone who may require his services in the future

Helen L

I just wanted to take my time to explain my experience with Andrew Williams. I had an incident that could have really affected my future. As anyone does I called around all the lawyers in Perth and just not any lawyer but the ones who are highly respected amongst other lawyers and get the results. I have a friend who works in the industry and she recommended Andrew. She said she always sees Andrew in the paper with amazing outcomes to cases that he gets for his clients I first called his office and left a message with the receptionist. At the time he was on leave and it was his wife birthday. He promised her he wouldn't be bothered with work (this was at christmas time as well) he made the effort and called me to see if I was okay and how everything was. From that moment on I knew I had found my lawyer. When you are going to court you want someone who is going to care about you and go the extra mile and not just pay you off. From the whole experience he was straight with me and very honest. My case was not an easy one and it could have been a very bad outcome. Andrew went out of his way to get me what I wanted. Throughout the whole process I felt like I was dealing with a friend. He was very professional and got the outcome I wanted. I really couldn't recommend Andrew any higher. He gave me a second shot. Thank You again mate.

Phillip C

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