(1) A person who unlawfully produces a dangerous drug is guilty of a crime.
In Queensland, it is an offence to manufacture or produce drugs. A person may be charged with this offence if they prepare, manufacture, cultivate, harvest, package or produce a dangerous drug. The maximum penalty for producing a Schedule 1 Drug is 25 years imprisonment, while the maximum penalty for Schedule 2 Drugs is 20 years imprisonment. Drugs commonly produced include cannabis, ecstasy, ice and methylamphetamine. Production includes cultivating, harvesting and weeding a crop of cannabis, as well as mixing chemicals in order to create an illicit drug.
Producing Dangerous Drugs charges are usually heard in the Magistrates or District Court. The seriousness of the drug offence and the existence of other connected offences will determine the court in which the matter must be heard.
In Queensland, if a person is convicted of manufacturing or Producing Dangerous Drugs, then the court could impose one of the following penalties:
The severity of the penalty imposed, however, is dependent on the size of the production, complexity of the project and its potential for profit. Other factors which will have an impact include the level of planning, purpose (commercial or personal) of the operation and the period over which the project has taken place.
Yes. The facts of your manufacturing drugs case will determine which defences will be available for you. The following defences may be available to you:
You have the right to remain silent. You DO have to provide the police with your name, date of birth and contact details. You should NOT answer any questions, make any statement or participate in any interview with the police. You should be polite to the officer but insist that you want to talk to your lawyer. You have the right to telephone a friend, relative or lawyer.
If you are charged with a drug offence, it is very important that you seek immediate legal advice. Our team of drug charge lawyers at Brooke Winter Solicitors can give you over the phone advice. We have a solid reputation as expert Criminal Lawyers and can represent you in court.
Call us on 1300 066 669 if you have any questions. We can assist you no matter where you are located and can appear in every court.
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