Level 8
488 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000

Ph: (03) 9668 7600

Drug Offences

Drug Offence Lawyer Melbourne.  Need  a lawyer for a drug or drug drivng offence? Get expert advice and representation.  

The penalties for drug offences in Victoria vary depending upon the type and quantity of drugs involved and the circumstances in which the offence occurs.  Drug offences in Victoria are prosecuted under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic). The penalties for a drug offence can vary greatly. At the lowest end, the offence of Possess drug of dependence, can be heard in the Magistrates Court, and depending upon the circumstances an offender might be eligible for a diversion or an adjourned undertaking.

On the other hand, more serious drug offences such as Trafficking in a drug of dependence will result in harsher penalties, including imprisonment. Where the drug offending amounts to a commercial enterprise (trafficking or cultivating a commercial or large commercial quantity of drugs) the offence will be heard in the County or Supreme Court.    

For an overview of the elements and penalties of the offences of Possess Drug of Dependence , Cultivate a Narcotic Plant, and Trafficking in a Drug of Dependence, refer to our blog.

Drug Driving Offences


 We provide expert advice and representation at Court for all drug driving offences prosecuted under the Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic).


Drug driving offences like drink driving offences carry mandatory disqualification periods under the Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic).  And as with drink driving offences several factors determine the length of disqualification.


These factors include:

  • whether a first or second offence.  A second offence will result in a doubling of the disqualification period.

  • whether the offence is a exceed PCD (exceed prescribed concentration of drugs), or a refusal offence (such as refusing to provide a saliva sample for testing.


Unfortunately, there is no provision for a conditional work license and so it is very important to obtain legal advice so as to explore the possibilities of a defence, and to otherwise mitigate the penalty.

For an overview on drug driving offences refer to our blog.

Prepare early, and get advice

If you are charged with a drug offence call our office on (03) 9668 7600 so that you can receive a case assessment and get advice about how to best proceed.  

A message regarding our operations during Covid 19

Pascoe Criminal Law continues to operate during the coronavirus pandemic. We continue to monitor the impact of Covid-19 upon the legal profession and the clients we service.  We are available for telephone or video-conference to discuss your case and are committed to providing you with support during this difficult and uncertain period. 


For new queries, you can access advice and court representation through phone or video conference (Zoom or Microsoft Teams). We are committed to providing support to our clients through this period of uncertainty. Refer to our services page for a listing of the professional legal services we offer.


Fight Charges & Avoid Penalties

CASE STUDY: Drug Driving,  Careless Driving, Fail to Leave name & Address

Outcome: $600 fine and received the statutory minimum of 6 months license

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