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In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for a charge of cultivating cannabis:
You will find a brief description of each of these penalties at the bottom of this page.
The penalties for cultivating cannabis increase depending on the quantity of the cannabis cultivated and if the matter is dealt with in the District Court. There are 5 different quantity ranges under the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act. They are:
The table below outlines the quantity ranges for cannabis plants:
The table below outlines the maximum penalty for each quantity:
Note the sentencing statistics for home detention was less than 1% and so was not included.
Note the sentencing statistics for section 10 and fine were not included because of the low results.
Jail sentences imposed in the District Court for all offenders charged with cultivating the commercial quantity of cannabis:
Jail sentences imposed in the District Court for all offenders charged with cultivating the large commercial quantity of cannabis:
Normally, when you plead guilty to a criminal or traffic offence the Court imposes a penalty and records a conviction. If the court records a conviction you will have a criminal record. However, if we were able to convince the court not to convict you, there would be no penalty of any type and no criminal record. In all criminal cases a court has the discretion not to convict you but deal with you under the terms of section 10.
By far the most common penalty imposed by the Local Court is a fine. When deciding the amount of any fine the Magistrate or Judge should consider your financial situation and your ability to pay any fine they set.
A good behaviour bond is an order of the court that requires you to be of good behaviour for a specified period of time. The court will impose conditions that you will have to obey during the term of the good behaviour bond. The maximum duration of a good behaviour bond is 5 years.
A Community Service Order (CSO) involves either unpaid work in the community at a place specified by Probation and Parole or attendance at a Centre to undertake a course, such as Anger Management. In order to be eligible for a CSO you have to be assessed by an officer of the Probation service as suitable to undertake the order. Certain medical conditions could exclude you from being suitable to undertake a work order.
A suspended sentence (Section 12 good behaviour bond) is a gaol sentence that is suspended upon you entering into a good behaviour bond. Provided the terms of the good behaviour bond are obeyed the gaol sentence will not come into effect. A suspended sentence is only available for sentences of imprisonment of up to 2 years.
Periodic detention is a form of imprisonment. It involves detention in a periodic detention centre for a two day period each week for the length of the sentence set by the court. The two-day period commences at 7.00 pm on the day of the week specified (usually Friday) and ends at 4.30 pm on the second day following the day so specified (usually Sunday).
This is the most severe form of punishment and involves being locked up in a prison. Before a court imposes a prison sentence it must be satisfied that no other penalty other than imprisonment is appropriate.