Splendour is on again this weekend. It starts on Friday 24 July 2015 and runs through to Sunday the 26th of July 2015. The campgrounds open on Thursday and close on Monday. It is likely to be wet and four nights of camping can be challenging.
With so many people in a confined space and alcohol flowing there will inevitably be issues. Stay close to friends, don’t wonder off alone and don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know.
There is always a heavy police presence and drug detection dogs will be out in force. There will be plenty of police in uniform and just as many not in uniform. Every year people try to take drugs into the venue and large numbers get caught.
The local Magistrates have very little patience for anyone caught with drugs at Splendour. If you get caught with drugs you will be given a Court Attendance notice requiring you to attend Court. Normally if this was a first offence, you had only a small quantity and an otherwise good record there would be chance that you could plead guilty and ask that no conviction be recorded. Normally there would be a good chance that the Magistrate would accept this meaning that you don’t end up with a criminal conviction. However if you get caught with drugs at Splendour that is very unlikely to occur. Only in exceptional circumstances would there be any chance of the Magistrate making a section 10 order finding the offence proved but recording no conviction.
A conviction could have consequences for future employment and travel. Some countries will not give you a visa if you have a drug conviction. Similarly it could affect your ability to obtain employment in the police, defence forces and some government agencies.
The only way to ensure you don’t get caught with drugs is to not have any with you. If you want to roll the dice and run the gauntlet you may get caught. Drugs are not the only risks at Splendour. Sometimes there are fights and people get arrested.
If you do get into trouble with the Police we are here to help. You can contact us and ask for our solicitor John Thompson on 1300 277 000.