Defending Drug Charges and Restoring Reputations.
Put your worries to rest knowing you are defended by Donnelly Law Group – expert drug offence lawyers with 50+ years of combined experience fighting drug charges in Queensland.
On a daily basis, we help people attain the best possible outcome in their drug-related matters – saving their careers, travel opportunities and reputation in the community. Regardless of whether your matter involves recreational drugs (such as cannabis, cocaine or amphetamines) or performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids, we have experience defending your case.
Our drug offence lawyers have built a proven track record by combining personal support with criminal defence. We get to know you personally so that we can provide advice on the rehabilitative steps you need to take for a winning chance in court. This relationship also gives us the insight we need to tailor your personalised defence strategy – one that takes full advantage of your case’s unique evidence and mitigating factors for the best possible result.
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Our Legal Strategy in Drug Matters.
The professional drug offence lawyers at Donnelly Law Group use a two-pronged approach to achieve the best possible outcome in your matter.
Firstly, we expertly analyse the evidence in your case (including the types of drugs, quantity, purity and more). We also scrutinise how your matter has been handled by law enforcement (including police searches, warrants, undercover activity and more). Any one piece of evidence may give rise to a legal defence and help us tailor a winning strategy.
Secondly, our drug offence lawyers get to know you and understand your circumstances through open and honest conversation. In some cases, we may arrange for you to undertake practical measures and rehabilitation programs that benefit your defence. This helps us prove to the court that you are unlikely to offend again and should receive a more favourable result.
By using a combined approach of legal strategy and rehabilitation, there are many cases in which we can attain a court-ordered drug diversion (with no criminal conviction recorded).
Our Personal Support System in Drug Matters.
Donnelly Law Group understands how stressful and embarrassing it can be to be charged with a drug offence. We make this turbulent period in your life as easy and stress-free as possible with our personal support system.
Our drug offence lawyers ensure that you are kept up to date throughout the entire legal process with regular and clear communication. Should you have any questions, we are always here to provide answers and guidance. Plus, we will supply you with step-by-step guides on the role you will play in the process.
The emotional and practical support we offer also plays a vital part in shaping your legal defence. Should you want to plead guilty, our compassionate drug offence lawyers will help you arrange the rehabilitation measures necessary to prove to the magistrate or judge that you are unlikely to offend again.
We genuinely care and want to attain the best possible outcome for you – both in the courtroom and in your personal life.
What should I do if the police want to talk to me about a drug offence?
If the Queensland Police want to speak to you about a drug offence, you only have to give them your name, date of birth and contact details. If they arrest you or serve you with a notice, you may also have to provide identifying particulars such as your fingerprints.
You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to answer any further questions from the police, make any statements or participate in a police interview.
Immediately contact Donnelly Law Group at the first opportunity. One of our lawyers or trained support staff will discuss your options and explain how to achieve the best possible outcome.
Do I need a lawyer for drug possession?
Having defended and witnessed thousands of drug possession matters in Queensland, it is apparent that defendants achieve the best outcome when they are represented by a lawyer who specialises in drug possession charges.
Our drug offence lawyers understand the legal defences and mitigating factors the court is looking for when deciding the outcome and sentence in your matter. We are experts at preparing your case and presenting these factors to the magistrate or judge so that you attain the best possible result.
People who do not engage the help of a drug offence lawyer often fail to identify potential defences or present mitigating factors to the court. These people frequently suffer heavier penalties as a consequence.
When should I contact a drug offence lawyer?
If you have been charged or suspect you are under investigation for a drug offence, contact Donnelly Law Group immediately.
It’s crucial that you receive expert legal advice before speaking to the police.
The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can protect your legal interests, begin working on your case and help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Call Donnelly Law Group today and arrange your free initial consultation with one of our expert drug offence lawyers.
Will my lawyer represent me in court?
Our team of drug offence lawyers at Donnelly Law Group will research, strategise and prepare your case for you. They will then represent you in court and methodically argue your defence in order to attain the best possible outcome.
What legislation covers drug offences in Queensland?
In Queensland, most drug-related offences are covered by the Drugs Misuse Act 1987. This includes offences such as possession, production, supply, trafficking and more.
However, drug driving offences fall under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995. For offences such as “Driving Under the Influence of a Drug” and “Driving While Drug Present in System”, please see our Drug Driving page.
What are the penalties for drug offences in Queensland?
In Queensland, many factors are considered by the court when sentencing someone for a drug offence.
Minor drug offences such as possession may result in a Section 19 Dismissal or Drug Diversion (neither of which carry a criminal conviction), a fine, a recognisance order or a community service order.
Major drug offences such as manufacturing, supply or trafficking may result in a probation order, intensive corrections order or imprisonment.
If you are found guilty of a drug offence, it may be possible for a drug offence lawyer to argue that no criminal conviction should be recorded. Keeping a clean criminal record helps you avoid complications when applying for jobs, travel visas, child adoption, legal aid and certain types of insurance.
Contact Donnelly Law Group so that we can discuss the charges and circumstances in your matter and explain the likely penalties. Our lawyers always fight for the best possible outcome and may be able to help you avoid having a criminal conviction recorded.
Are there any legal defences to drug charges?
Yes, there are legal defences available in drug offence matters. Defences may include mistake of fact, duress, the substance was not a dangerous drug, the accused was not in possession and more.
Donnelly Law Group’s specialist drug offence lawyers will assess the evidence and circumstances in your case when determining whether any legal defences may apply.
How much does Donnelly Law Group charge for legal defence in drug matters?
A lot of people believe that they cannot afford to hire a drug offence lawyer. But at Donnelly Law Group, we ensure that our legal fees are affordable so that everyone can access high-quality legal representation in Queensland.
We will provide you with a fixed quote after your free initial consultation. A fixed fee ensures that you have total transparency over costs and won’t receive any surprising invoices.
Contact Donnelly Law Group today to book your free consultation and receive a fixed quote.
See our page on Legal Fees for more information on payment plans and options.
Can Donnelly Law Group help me if I live outside of Brisbane and the Gold Coast?
Donnelly Law Group regularly represents people living all over the Sunshine Coast and regional Queensland (including Toowoomba, Noosa, Maroochydore, Cairns, Townsville, Rainbow Beach, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and more.)
We can hold meetings with our regional clients over the phone, via video conference or in person. Our lawyers travel to courts all over Queensland to represent locals in criminal, traffic, drink driving and domestic violence matters and bail applications.
It can be difficult to find high-quality legal representation in regional Queensland. Do not hesitate to contact Donnelly Law Group for the best possible outcome in your matter.