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If you’ve been arrested or questioned by a police officer about a minor drugs offence involving cannabis, you may be eligible for a Drug Diversion Assessment Program (DDAP). If you’re offered a DDAP you should get legal advice.
If you’ve been arrested or questioned by a police officer about a minor drugs offence involving cannabis, you may be eligible to participate in a police drug diversion program such as the Drug Diversion Assessment Program (DDAP).
The police have to offer you the chance to attend a DDAP if all of the following apply:
If you agree to participate in a diversion program:
The police drug diversion program is only for minor possession offences related to cannabis.
You can’t participate in a police drug diversion program if you’re:
If you attend the program at the scheduled date and time you won't be charged with a criminal offence and you won't have a criminal record for a minor drugs offence.
The program is a combined assessment, education and counselling session. The provider will help you develop a personal plan to help you stop using cannabis. A family member or friend can join you during the program.
You’ll only get one chance to attend a program. If you don't agree, or you don't attend at the scheduled date and time, you won't get a second chance (however, you may still be eligible for a court diversion program).
If you don't attend the program, you are breaking the law and you can be charged with disobeying a direction or requirement of a police officer. Get legal advice.
You may need legal advice if you:
We may give legal advice about the police diversion program for minor drug offences.
These organisations may also give you legal advice.
Community legal centres give legal advice on a range of topics. Contact them to find out if they can help.
Queensland Law Society can refer you to a specialist private lawyer for advice or representation.
The following services may be able to help. They don’t give legal advice.
Queensland courts gives information about the Illicit Drugs Court Diversion Program.