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Reliable Drug Offence Lawyers

Mansia Bovey & Company Lawyers provide advice and representation for all types of drug offences committed throughout Queensland, including Cairns and surrounding areas, such as Tablelands, Mareeba, Atherton, Mossman, Innisfail and Tully. We are able to provide up-to-date solutions and criminal defence for people charged with all minor and major drug offences. 

To get the best results and outcomes, be sure to talk to our team as soon as possible. If police are requesting an interview with you, contact Mansia Bovey and the team first. We can provide all the general advice you need surrounding drug charges, as well as representation if required. 

Laws surrounding drug offences can be complex and difficult to navigate, especially with the stress of charges hanging over your head. It’s best to get insight and advice from professionals in the event of dealing with drug offences.

Contact Mansia Bovey & Company Lawyers today. 

All Types Of Offences

Mansia Bovey & Company Lawyers handle all major and minor drug offences If you have been charged with any of the following, be sure to contact our team today:

Some of these offences carry serious penalties, especially in the state of Queensland. Therefore, it’s important to seek the best representation possible. Our Cairns solicitors can walk you through your options and provide the help you need. Book a consultation with Mansia Bovey & Company Lawyers today. 

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Minor Offences

Many people plead guilty to minor drug offences like possession. This is mainly due to not having the insight of an experienced solicitor on their side. While it may seem insignificant to have a small drug charge on your personal record, the effects can be far reaching. 

If you have a charge of possession or similar, contact Mansia Bovey & Company Lawyers. Over the years, we have helped many clients across the Cairns region deal with the legal process surrounding minor drug offences. 

Trafficking & Major Offences

Major drug offences carry serious penalties including heavy fines and prison time. If you have recently been accused or charged with a major drug offence, it’s important to have the best representation possible from a skilled team of local Cairns criminal lawyers. At Mansia Bovey & Company Lawyers, we aim to offer the best possible legal help at fixed rates.

Drug laws are complex and full of technicalities that can mean the difference between a small misdemeanour and significant jail time. If you need the help of experienced solicitors in Cairns and the surrounding areas, call Mansia Bovey & Company Lawyers today on 07 4035 8300 or 0418 773 738 24/7

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What You Need To Know About Drug Laws

If you're charged with drug offences, there can be wide ranging consequences. Did you know that the offence of possessing a dangerous drug can include drugs that you know are lying around a house you share with others? Did you know that you can be charged with supplying dangerous drugs if you offer to supply a drug or give drugs to friends for free?

Drug offences also include the possession of drug paraphernalia used in the administration of a dangerous drug, utensils or pipes and even money and phones.

The realm of drug offences encompasses any action that directly or indirectly puts you in contact with illegal substances. These actions include:

Any involvement whatsoever with illegal substances or things in Queensland can render you liable to convictions, hefty fines or even time in prison. In Queensland, illicit drugs are separated under categories Schedule 1(Part 1 and Part 2) and Schedule 2, mentioned in the Drugs Misuse Regulation 1987. The penalties are generally more severe for Schedule 1 drugs such as heroin, cocaine and amphetamines compared to Schedule 2 which lists cannabis, diazepam, and ketamine.

It is important that our clients get advice as soon as possible in relation to drug offences so that we can determine issues of law such as legalities of police searches and possible defences and then factual matters which can help us strategise a solution.

Get In Touch For Defence Of Drug Offences

If ever you are charged with drug offences you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. We have helped clients successfully defend serious drug offences, including trafficking, as well as successfully had charges dropped against clients or thrown out by the courts.

If you are unable to defend the charge or have it thrown out then it is still important you are properly represented to ensure the most lenient sentence is advocated for on your behalf. For more information on drug offences and defences, call the experienced team at Mansia Bovey & Company Lawyers today.

Any Questions ?

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. 1 : I have been charged with possessing a small amount of drugs for personal use, what penalty will I receive?

If you have been charged with an offence relating to drugs you should receive legal advice immediately. First you should consider your options of whether to plead guilty or not guilty to the charge. 


If you plead guilty or are found guilty, then there are significant maximum penalties that apply to drug offending. Depending on your criminal history, personal circumstances and amount of drugs (among other things) you could, as a first offender, be offered a drug diversion with no conviction recorded or you could be at risk of imprisonment depending on the seriousness of the offence. 


Given the impact of having a conviction recorded on your criminal history if you are convicted of drug offending, having a lawyer represent you can make a significant difference.

Q. 2 : Which court will hear my drug matter?

If you have been charged with an offence relating to drugs you should receive legal advice immediately. 

Whether a matter can be dealt with in the Magistrates Court will depend on the nature and type of offence you have been charged with, the maximum penalties that apply and, in some cases, whether there is an allegation of commerciality. 

More serious offences such as drug trafficking must be dealt with in either the District or Supreme Courts and the risk of imprisonment is greater.

Q. 3 : Can I be searched without a warrant?

In some situations, police are able to search you, your vehicle, or home without a warrant. Sometimes police may hold a reasonable suspicion or declare an emergent search. Either way you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to get the right advice in your circumstances. Please remember that in some cases you do have the right to not consent to police searches but you must comply with other request such as providing your name and identification as a refusal can lead to a charge of obstruction.

Q. 4 : Do first time drug offenders go to jail?

A number of factors determine whether drug offences lead to prison time. While some first-time drug offenders can receive good behaviour bonds or drug diversions it is also possible for first-time offenders to end up in jail if found guilty of serious drug offences. It is important that you get the right advice early as the outcome obviously depends on the seriousness of the charges, the type of drugs, the quantity as well as circumstances personal to the offender.

Q. 5 : How long do drug cases last?

Similar to the above, the severity of the drug offence and the type or quantity of the drug can dictate how long court proceedings will go on for. At Mansia Bovey and Company Lawyers we regularly appear in drug matters from beginning to end and can therefore give accurate timeframes for how long matters usually take. As a general rule, serious drug offences such as trafficking can take much longer as they must proceed on indictment in either the Supreme Court of Queensland or the District Court of Queensland. Minor drug offences on the other hand such as possessing utensils or a small amount of cannabis can oftentimes be dealt with much quicker in the Magistrates Court.