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In Australia, there are drugs that are considered illegal.

Using, possessing, making or selling them or driving under their influence is strictly prohibited. There are also drugs which are considered as legal but restricted. Examples of legal and restricted drugs are alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, ketamine and khat.

There are laws in Australia that govern the use of alcohol. Any person under 18 years of age who is caught buying, receiving or drinking alcohol on licensed premises will be arrested unless the young person is with her or his parent or guardian and the alcohol is supplied in a responsible manner. It is also illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol. Anyone caught breaking this law will be penalized by fine, imprisonment and disqualification from driving.

Australian Federal and state laws penalize any person caught possessing, using, selling, manufacturing or driving under the influence of the following illegal drugs, to with:

Cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate), heroine, LSD ( lysergic acid diethylamide) and PCP (phencyclidine). Each Australian State has its own law that governs the manufacture, selling and distribution of drugs in the state whether it is a legal, restricted or illegal drug.

Drug law distinguishes the crime of possession of drugs from the crime of supplying or trafficking drugs. Even the importation of drugs is covered by the law known as the Federal Customs Act and the following are major drug offenses according to the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act (DPCSA), to wit: use, possession, cultivation and trafficking. Severe penalties will apply to the trafficking offense which is a serious crime for it includes the preparation of a drug of dependence and distribution of a drug of dependence in commercial quantities.

It is an offense to drive under the influence of drugs which crime carries the penalty of heavy fines or imprisonment and disqualified from driving over a period of time.

In Western Australia, the police authorities can issue a Cannabis Intervention Requirement (CIR) or a Drug Diversion Notice when there is a small amount of drugs were detected from the arrested motorists. If the motorist arrested was charged and convicted with possession, the penalty imposed on him will be a fine of $2000 maximum and/or imprisonment of 2 years. If the offense committed by the arrested driver was supplying illicit drugs, the penalty imposed is $100, 000.00 and/or 25 years imprisonment.

The person convicted of possession of illicit drugs or supplying illicit drugs will receive a conviction record which will hamper his desire to find a job or apply for credit.

If you are charged with drugs offences and you have a previous proven offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance. This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone.

Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.

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