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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 war…
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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 pr…
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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 pl…
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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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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.…
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Recording of a Conviction

When you plead guilty to an offence you will be convicted of that offence.  You will also be convicted if you plead not guilty and are then found guilty of an offence by a Magistrate or jury.  The impact of a conviction is dependent on whether the Court decides whether to r…
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Probation Orders

What is a Probation Order? A Probation Order is a community-based sentencing option used by the Courts. The Courts are able to release an offender into the supervision of a Probation and Parole Officer under a Probation Order.  A Probation Order is often imposed as a…
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