MAXIMUM SENTENCES FOR SUPPLY OF A PROHIBITED DRUG

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Maximum sentences depend on the quantity of the Prohibited Drug you have been charged with supplying, and the court your case is heard in:

 Small Quantity, or lessMore than Small Quantity but less than Indictable QuantityMore than Indictable Quantity but less than Commercial QuantityCommercial Quantity or more, but less than Large Commercial QuantityLarge Commercial Quantity
Local Court2 years imprisonment and/or 50 penalty units ($5,500)2 years imprisonment and/or 100 penalty units ($11,000)2 years imprisonment and/or 100 penalty units ($11,000)Finalised in the District Court.Finalised in the District Court only.
District Court15 years imprisonment and/or 2,000 penalty units ($220,000)15 years imprisonment and/or 2,000 penalty units ($220,000)15 years imprisonment and/or 2,000 penalty units ($220,000)20 years imprisonment and/or 3,500 penalty units ($385,000)Life imprisonment and/or 5,500 penalty units ($550,000)


Sentences can be increased if the Supply was to a person under 16 years old.

Don’t panic. Maximum sentences are usually reserved for the worst type of offending, when a defendant has a long criminal history. If you decide to plead guilty to a charge of Supply of a Prohibited Drug, your lawyer will help you identify mitigating factors the sentencing court will take into account. For more on likely sentencing considerations and outcomes for Supply of a Prohibited Drug offence in your circumstances, see our sentencing information.

See also:

Possession of Prohibited Drugs
Supply of Prohibited Drugs
Prohibited Drug Quantities
Maximum Sentences: Manufacture and Production of a Prohibited Drug

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