I write this in the hope that someone can steer me in the right direction to help my son. My son was apprehended upon entering a music festival 1 Jan 2015. He was found in possession of 2 caps of MDMA and subsequently charged. He was convicted of possession of an illegal substance on 22 Feb 2015 found guilty and fined $200. He now has a criminal record. At the court, he attended were 50 other people in the same boat. The judge at one stage spoke to the courtroom and basically said that they would be made an example of and all be convicted. At the time of this, my son was and still is suffering severe mental health issues and has been contemplating suicide. I believe he was not of sound mind to make the right decisions during this drug charge turmoil. It has been a year since the conviction and I want to know what grounds he may have to appeal this criminal conviction. He was seeking to work in the disability field but is unable to because of this charge. He is in a much better space now than he was at the time of the incident. The question is, is it too late to appeal the severity of sentence under Criminal Law? What can I do to have the conviction removed from his file so that he can work in the disability field? He has no prior convictions or court appearances in the past. Thanks for reading this far. He is a great son and is very disappointed that a decision that he made, no matter how small, has had such long term, life and career effects. I do think the punishment is excessive and does not fit the crime.