User Prohibited Drug

A person can be charged with use/self-administer a prohibited drug if they swallow, snort, inject, smoke, ingest or otherwise consume prohibited drugs. An attempt to do any of the above is also an offence.   



The offence of Use Prohibited Drug is referred to as ‘Self-administration of prohibited drugs. It is contained in section 12 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW) and states:

A person who administers or attempts to administer a prohibited drug to himself or herself is guilty of an offence.

Nothing in this section renders unlawful the administration or attempted administration by a person to himself or herself of a prohibited drug which has been lawfully prescribed for or supplied to the person.


Maximum/Possible Penalties

Use/Self-administer a prohibited drug can be punished with a prison sentence of up to 2 years or a fine of up to 2,200, or both.

Please note that the penalties mentioned are reserved for the worse case offending and are unlikely to be the penalty you receive.

In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for a Using or Self-administering a prohibited drug charge of:

·        Full time Imprisonment

·        Intensive Corrections Order (ICO)

·        Community Correction Order (CCO)

·        Conditional release Order (CRO) (ie: bond); and/or

·        Fine



The prosecution must prove the Accused’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt being: 

·        That you administered or attempted to administer a substance;

·        That substance was a prohibited drug;

·        You knew that substance was a prohibited drug; and

·        That you administered or attempted to administer that substance to yourself.:



Some of the possible defences available for those charged with self-administer prohibited drug can include:

·        To argue that you were not administering or attempting to administer the substance to yourself (although, it is still an offence to be in possession of a prohibited drug, or to administer or attempt to administer a drug to someone else);

·        To argue that the substance was not a prohibited drug;

·        To show that you have a lawfully obtained script for the drug; or

·        If you were compelled to act in a certain way due to the circumstances, or the threats of another you may be able to argue "Duress";

If your actions were necessary to prevent a greater harm from occurring, you may have the defence of "Necessity"



For Using or Self-administering a prohibited drug, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® offers the following options:

  1. We initiate negotiation with prosecutors (police) (a term referred to as “plea negotiations”) and plead to withdrawal or downgrade of the charge or alternatively, seek amendments to the police fact sheets or documents.
  2. At the hearing/trial, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® shall if you so instruct Plead Not Guilty and drive the argument based on prosecution’s inability to prove the elements of their accusation.
  3. Alternatively, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® may plead guilty on your instructions however, the hearing shall revolve around the facts with an objective to obtain a moderate or minimum punishment.
  4. Lastly, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® on your instructions enter a plea of guilt where you accept all the charges pressed by the police, but we present a case so solid on your behalf, with an objective to persuade and convince the Court to not record a criminal conviction against you.

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