Have you been charged with Possession of Precursor Chemicals?
You may have some questions in relation to your charge. Can the prosecution make out their case? Did you have possession? Could possession of the precursor chemicals lead to conviction?
An experienced criminal lawyer may be able to help you in answering the above questions, and to prepare a defence to your charge.
Please read below for more information.
Elements of the offence
Section 71D of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981.
The prosecution must prove:
That the defendant was in possession of the chemicals; and
That the chemicals were a prescribed precursor.
The maximum penalty
Level 6 imprisonment being 5 years, a maximum of 600 penalty units being a sum of money determined by the court, or both.
Where will my case be heard?
Possession of Precursor Chemicals is an indictable offence and is usually heard in the Magistrates’ Court, although it could also go to the County Court.
What to do next?
Possession of Precursor Chemicals should be taken very seriously. You may be facing lengthy prison time if you are convicted. Contact an experienced solicitor to help you prepare your case as soon as possible.
S71D Possession of Precursor Chemicals
A person who, without being authorised by or licensed under this Act or the regulations (if any) to do so or otherwise without a lawful excuse, possesses a prescribed precursor chemical in a quantity that is not less than the prescribed quantity applicable to that precursor chemical is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to a penalty of not more than 600 penalty units or level 6 imprisonment (5 years maximum) or both.