How Does the Drug Diversion Program Work?

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A drug possession charge will most likely taint your record. What if authorities catch you with a small amount at a party or music festival?

Whatever the severity of your case may be, it is better if you have a criminal lawyer that you can run to on the Gold Coast. Nyst Legal says that “If you’ve been caught in possession of only a small amount of cannabis, you may be eligible, if the Magistrate deems it appropriate, to be placed on a recognisance order, with the condition that you attend a drug assessment and education session rather than being dealt with on the charge in the Court”.

This is the nature of the drug diversion program: an education session.

Eligibility for Minor Drug Offence

You are eligible for the program if you:

  • Admit guilt to the offence
  • Have not previously or recently been convicted of a drug offence dealt with in Court
  • Are charged with one or more drug offences
  • Appear before the Magistrates court or the Children’s Court

Eligible drug offences include possession of a small amount of drugs, possession of items used for consuming or smoking the drugs, as well as failure to dispose of a syringe.

Drug Diversion Program in Queensland

According to Queensland Police, most drug offences in the state involve possession of a small amount of cannabis.

Individuals who receive a charge of minor drug offence have the opportunity to attend and complete the Police Drug Diversion Program rather than go through the normal court process. This offers individuals a chance to redeem themselves by receiving professional help.

Of course, a drug possession charge is nerve-racking, but if it is only a minor drug offence, then there is a probability that you do not have to face jail time. Instead, you will undergo assessment and education sessions to help you stay away from drugs.

About Eleanor Sharp
Eleanor Sharp is the author of AGSE Law. As a paralegal, she has worked with attorneys in many fields to ensure their clients get the best advice and representation. She is passionate about helping people understand the complexities of the legal system so they can make better decisions for themselves. Eleanor loves reading, travel, and spending time with her family. She hopes her articles will help others navigate life’s legal intricacies with confidence.