Drug possession is the most common type of drug offence in most places. It means that although you might not be a consumer of any drug, you have control or custody of one or more drugs. This is a punishable offence. For a drug possession charge, you can be charged a maximum fine of $2,200 and can be sentenced up to 2 years. However, the punishments for drug possession can be of lesser severity as well.


In most cases of drug possession, the commonest form of penalty is paying fines. While deciding the amount which you have to pay, the judiciary head of the Local Court should look carefully into the details of your income and consider you ability to meet a given target of fine.

Community Service Order

Community service order generally means doing unpaid work for a community or in any Center specified by the patrol for a stipulated period of time. Your probation officer has to first ascertain whether you are fit for such services before you are allowed to actually carry out the order. In case of certain specified medical conditions you might be rendered ineligible for CSO.

Good behaviour bonds

Good behaviour bonds involve an order from the Local Court which requires you to do exhibit particularly good behaviour for a fixed period of time. In this case, good is not a generalized, nebulous concept. It’s a legal prescription. So you would need to closely follow a formulated code of conduct till your probation period is over. Case history suggests that if you follow a good behaviour bond sincerely, your sentence is often relaxed both in terms of severity and duration.

What Happens if You Are Caught for Drug Possession?