WHERE WILL MY DRUG CHARGE BE FINALISED?

If the police charged you with a drug offence in Queensland, you will first appear in the Magistrates Court. The drug offence you are charged with will determine where it is finalised. For example, some drug charges can be finalised in the Magistrates Court, while others are finalised in the District or Supreme Court. You need to know which Court the drug offence you are charged with will be finalised in, because this will determine the path it takes through the Magistrates Court. Common drug charges are listed below and which Court it must be finalised in. 

DRUG CHARGES FINALISED IN THE MAGISTRATES COURT

If your drug charge must be finalised in the Magistrates Court, then you will want to know the proess for how your charge will be dealt with in this Court.

DRUG CHARGES FINALISED IN THE DISTRICT OR SUPREME COURT

If your drug charge must be finalised in the District or Supreme Court, then you will want to know the proess for how your charge will proceed through the Magistrates Court and your options.

Must be finalised in the District Court.

Exception: This charge can be finalised in the Magistrates Court.

Must be finalised in the District Court.

Exception: This charge can be finalised in the Magistrates Court unless it is alleged the offence was committed with the circumstance of aggravation stated in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, section 161Q relating to participants in a criminal organisation, or if the prosecution alleges the possession the subject of the charge was for a commercial purpose.

Must be finalised in the District Court.

Exception: This charge can be finalised in the Magistrates Court unless it is alleged the offence was committed with the circumstance of aggravation stated in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, section 161Q relating to participants in a criminal organisation or if the prosecution alleges the possession the subject of the charge was for a commercial purpose.

Must be finalised in the District Court.

Exception: This charge can be finalised in the Magistrates Court unless it is alleged the offence was committed with the circumstance of aggravation stated in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, section 161Q relating to participants in a criminal organisation or if the prosecution alleges the possession the subject of the charge was for a commercial purpose.

Must be finalised in the District Court.

Exception: This charge can be finalised in the Magistrates Court unless it is alleged the offence was committed with the circumstance of aggravation stated in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, section 161Q relating to participants in a criminal organisation.

Must be finalised in the Magistrates Court.

Must be finalised in the District Court.

Exception: This charge can be finalised in the Magistrates Court unless it is alleged the offence was committed with the circumstance of aggravation stated in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, section 161Q relating to participants in a criminal organisation.

Must be finalised in the District Court.

Exception: This charge can be finalised in the Magistrates Court.

Must be finalised in the District Court.

Exception: This charge can be finalised in the Magistrates Court if the supply charge for the offence relates to the supply of a Schedule 2 drug as specified in the Drugs Misuse Regulation 1987 and there is no circumstance of aggravation and it is not alleged the offence was committed with the circumstance of aggravation stated in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, section 161Q relating to participants in a criminal organisation.

Must be finalised in the District Court.

Exception: This charge can be finalised in the Magistrates Court unless it is alleged the offence was committed with the circumstance of aggravation stated in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, section 161Q relating to participants in a criminal organisation.

Must be finalised in the District Court.

Exception: This charge can be finalised in the Magistrates Court unless it is alleged the offence was committed with the circumstance of aggravation stated in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, section 161Q relating to participants in a criminal organisation.

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