Possess Prohibited Drug
What happens if you get caught?
While there has been no shortage of controversy and tragedy around music festivals in Australia, the law’s position on possession of prohibited drugs remains unchanged. This is not a trivial offence and can have far-reaching implications, including a criminal conviction that will remain on your record for 10 years.
Simple possession is enough to satisfy the elements of the charge under s10(1) of the Drug Misuse Trafficking Act 1985. This is not limited to drugs on your person but may extend to homes, bags or motor vehicles.
Whether or not you consume any of the drug is irrelevant.
The maximum penalty in New South Wales is $2,200 fine and/or imprisonment for 2 years.
There is also the question of whether or not a conviction will be recorded. This could inhibit job applications or ability to travel to certain countries.
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