Judge and gavel

Offender Levy

The Offender Levy is a fee payable on sentence.  The Offender Levy is used to help pay for the costs associated with Court. Every adult sentenced in Queensland must pay the Offender Levy.  You are not able to appeal the imposition of the Offender Levy, as it is a mandatory l…
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Drugs and drug utensils

Is it illegal to possess
a bong or pipe?

Drug Offences? There are many offences relating to illicit substances.  These offences do not only relate to possession, but also to trafficking, producing and supplying dangerous drugs.  These are serious offences which may carry severe consequences. There are a…
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Police executing a search warrant

Search Warrants in

The police don’t have a warrant.  Can they search me? There are some circumstances where you, your home or your vehicle can be searched without a warrant. Searching your home without a warrant The police are able to enter and search your residence without a warra…
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Man with head in hands


Being charged with Assault, Grievous Bodily Harm or Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm in Queensland. Assault is broadly defined in Queensland, with many different behaviours held to constitute assault. These behaviours commonly include:- hitting; kicking; pushi…
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Failure to Appear at Court

It is an offence to fail to appear at Court when you are required to do so. If you do not attend Court in accordance with your Notice to Appear, Complaint and Summons or Bail Undertaking, a warrant may issue for your arrest. You may also be charged with the offence of failure t…
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Serious Assault

Being charged with serious assault in Queensland Assault is broadly defined in Queensland, with many different behaviours held to constitute assault. These behaviours commonly include:- Hitting; Kicking; Pushing; Touching; or Applying force of any kind. There a…
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Factors for Sentencing

When you plead guilty or are found guilty of an offence, a Magistrate or Judge will impose a sentence as a penalty for committing the offence.  There are many different sentences available to the Magistrate or Judge, such as a fine, a community based order (including pro…
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Bail sign

Bail in Queensland

The general position in Queensland is that everyone charged with a criminal offence should be placed on bail. Bail is simply the Court’s permission to allow you to remain in the community (rather than in custody) whilst your matter is being finalised. When will I be plac…
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Police car chase

Failing to Stop
(Evading Police)

If you are directed by a police officer to stop your vehicle, you must do so as soon as reasonably practical. It is an offence to evade police by failing to stop your motor vehicle. There are significant penalties for failing to stop, which include a large fine or period of i…
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Handcuffed hands

Breach of Protection Order

A Protection Order is also referred to as a Domestic Violence Order (“DVO”). The Applicant in an Application for a Domestic Violence Order can be either the person applying for the DVO or an authorised person, such as a Police Officer, who is acting on their behalf.  The p…
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