Articles

How do I commence a private prosecution in Queensland?

Private prosecutions in Queensland

In Queensland, if you are a victim of a criminal offence, you can commence a private prosecution yourself rather than the state prosecuting. Find out how.
Read more
How does criminal sentencing work in Queensland?

How does criminal sentencing work in Queensland?

If facing criminal proceedings, it’s important to be aware of how sentencing may work for your circumstances, if you plead guilty or if you are convicted.
Read more
I’ve been charged with possession of a dangerous drugs

Charges for possession of dangerous drugs

In Queensland, it is a criminal offence to unlawfully possess a dangerous drug. Penalties can range from good behaviour bonds and probation through to imprisonment.
Read more
How do I apply to remove a licence disqualification?

Application to remove driver’s licence disqualification

If your driver's licence is disqualified for more than two years, then after you have served a minimum of two years of the disqualification period, you can apply to the court to remove the disqualification.
Read more
What is child pornography?

What is child pornography?

Child pornography is referred to in the law as “child exploitation material”. Although a substantial amount of child pornography offences involve a real child, charges can also be laid where no real child is involved.
Read more
How long does a criminal record last?

Criminal records and convictions

A criminal record is the formal report that you have been convicted of an offence, either by pleading guilty or having been found guilty. A list of your previous convictions is kept by the Police service and constitutes your criminal history.
Read more
I’ve been charged with supplying a dangerous drug

Help! I’ve been charged with ‘supplying a dangerous drug’

The police have arrested you and charged you with ‘supplying a dangerous drug’ but what exactly does that mean?
Read more
Whistleblower laws related to companies

New federal whistleblower laws related to companies

Whistleblowing laws in Australia extend beyond the public sector. A range of new protections for whistleblowers has recently been introduced in respect of complaints made about corporate conduct in Australia.
Read more
How do I appeal my Magistrates Court conviction?

How do I appeal my Magistrates Court conviction?

A person convicted of a criminal offence in the Queensland Magistrates Court has a right to appeal the court decision. There is no requirement to seek 'leave' or 'permission'.
Read more
Police search warrants – your rights

Dealing with police search warrants - the do's and don'ts

Under Queensland law, the police can execute a search warrant upon private premises in circumstances where they have reasonable grounds to suspect that they will locate evidence of a criminal offence.
Read more
Character references for court

Character references in criminal proceedings

Providing your lawyer and the court with evidence of your otherwise good character can be crucial in criminal law sentencing proceedings. Significant weight can be placed on a character reference for court when determining the appropriate penalty to be imposed.
Read more