Justin Wong this week represented a client at the Downing Centre District Court charged with Drug Supply and Possession. The charges arose out of a police operation at the 2018 Mardi Gras after party.
Although he was convicted and fined in the Local Court, our client exercised his right of appeal against the convictions to the District Court.
An executive, our client was extremely concerned convictions would have a negative effect on his career, which included regular international travel and police checks.
Despite the seriousness of the offence, the District Court Judge took into account his co-operation with police, his prior good character and community volunteer work, the impact of a conviction, as well as steps taken since the offence to demonstrate his commitment to never re-offending.
The Judge ultimately agreed that no criminal conviction should be recorded, and discharged our client without any conviction.
Appeals against sentence must be lodged within 28 days of being sentenced in the Local Court.