Charged with a minor drug offence?
If so, you may be eligible to receive a court diversion to attend a drug education and information session rather than receive a traditional penalty like a fine or probation order. Court diversion is aimed at diverting minor drug offenders from the criminal justice system.
If you have been charged with a drug offence, contact us to discuss your options at a free case appraisal.
Am I eligible for court drug diversion?
You may be eligible for a court diversion if you:
Unfortunately, if you have been offered two previous diversions in the past, including a diversion under the police diversion program, you are not eligible for a further diversion.
What is an eligible drug offence?
Eligible drug offences that allow you access to a court diversion program include:
Examples of minor amounts of drugs include:
How does the court drug diversion actually work?
People under 17:
People 17 and over:
What happens in the drug education and information sessions?
These sessions start with a session with a health service provider to prepare a personal plan about your drug taking behaviour. Further treatment is voluntary and not part of the recognizance order. This session is strictly confidential. If you like, a family member or friend may go with you to the drug education and information session.
Do I still have to pay the offender levy?
Yes. If you are found guilty of an offence in a Queensland court, you will have to pay the offender levy IN ADDITION to any penalty or sentence you receive. This applies even if no conviction is recorded.
In the Magistrates Court the levy fee is $130.30 if a sentence is imposed on you.
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