QLD Drug Laws, Drug Offences

QLD Drug Laws, Drug Offences



Drug Offences Queensland

At Aitken Whyte Lawyers, our team of criminal defence lawyers have experience acting in both minor and serious drug matters.

Our team of solicitors approach all matters in a non-judgemental manner and have an understanding of how social pressures, upbringing, and addiction can affect people and lead them to be involved in the criminal justice system. If this is a situation you find yourself in, it is important to get advice and direction from an experienced lawyer as soon as you are contacted or charged by police.

Below is information on the main types of drug offences and sentencing options. Follow the links for specific information about different offences, or for information on the types of drugs considered dangerous under Queensland Law see:

What are “Dangerous Drugs”?

There may also be alternative sentencing options available to you, such as the:

If you have been charged with or need assistance with a drug related offence call our 24/7 phone line on 07 3229 4459.

We are a preferred supplier for Legal Aid Queensland and can assist you to make an application for Legal Aid. This means that whether you would like to engage us privately or are struggling with financial difficulties, you are able to have the representation of a highly skilled solicitor versed in the Court system.

Drug Offences & Sentencing Options

Drug offences are amongst the most common in the Queensland criminal justice system and range from simple, “misdemeanour” offences through to serious, high level offences. This wide range of offences also opens up a wide range of sentencing options for the Courts.

The Drugs Misuse Act 1986 (Qld) is the main legislation regarding drugs and drug offences in Queensland. The Drug Misuse Act relates to the misuse of drugs and contains provisions for the prevention of the misuse of drugs. The five main areas for drug offending include:

  1. Possessing Dangerous Drugs
  2. Producing Dangerous Drugs
  3. Supplying Dangerous Drugs
  4. Trafficking In Dangerous Drugs
  5. Possessing Various Property Or Things Relating To Drug Offences

The sentencing options for the Court are set out in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld), which includes sections specifically dedicated to penalties for drug offences.

Our team of specialised criminal defence lawyers are able to help you if you have been charged with any of the above offences. If you need advice or more information, call us on 07 3229 4459 .

Here to Help – What You Need to Know

Initial Police Interview

If the police have contacted you and asked you to attend a police station or participate in an interview it is imperative that you speak to a lawyer first. We can talk to the officer investigating the matter on your behalf and advise you of your rights.

Court Proceedings

If you are currently before the Court for a drug offence, our lawyers can offer you legal advice and representation, prepare your case for Court and speak in Court on your behalf.

Plea of Guilty

If you plead guilty to an offence, it is important that the Court is made aware of any mitigating factors and is given the chance to view the offence in the context of your personal history, character, and circumstances. It can be daunting to have to explain these things in a Court room and, if you are not prepared, the Court may rely solely on what is said by the Prosecutor when deciding on penalty. Our lawyers will present these things to the Court with supporting documentation that we’ve helped you to prepare in advance, suggest penalties available providing supporting cases if necessary, and argue for your rights to be upheld.

We can also negotiate with Police Prosecutions prior to your Court date to amend or downgrade charges if appropriate.

Plea of Not Guilty

If you consider that you are not guilty of an offence our lawyers will expertly defend you. We have experience running trials in all levels of the Queensland Court system. We are also well known within the legal industry and work regularly with barristers throughout Brisbane and South East Queensland who are highly regarded advocates with strong records of success. We can recommend those who we have had success with in the past and put together a highly experienced legal team to fight for you.

For expert advice, call 07 3229 4459 to speak to a member of Aitken Whyte Lawyer’s Criminal Defence Team.

Office Location and Contact Details


Aitken Whyte Lawyers Brisbane
2/414 Upper Roma Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Ph: 07 3229 4459
Fax: +617 3211 9311
E: enquiries@awbrisbanelawyers.com.au