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Category: Criminal Defence


Your rights when police come to your home

Your rights when police come to your home

An unexpected visit from the police, asking questions or saying they have a search warrant to go through your house, is a very confronting event. If you find yourself in this position, it is important you are aware of the extent of police powers, and your rights in responding to them.
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A guide to applying for parole in Queensland

A guide to applying for parole in Queensland

When a defendant is sentenced to a term of imprisonment, they will typically be released at some time during their jail sentence on parole. This article looks at the process of applying for parole and how the Parole Board determines that application.
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Car stealing and unlawful use or possession of motor vehicles

Car stealing and unlawful use or possession of motor vehicles

With the “youth crime” crisis being a hot topic of public debate at the moment, the offence of car stealing is never far from the media spotlight. Stories of victim’s cars being stolen - often accompanied by home security footage showing the offenders in the act - feature regularly on the nightly news bulletins.
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Case reviews on costs decisions in criminal law summary matters

Recent costs decisions in criminal law summary matters

A defendant who successfully defends charges in the Magistrates Court is not automatically entitled to costs but they can usually apply for the reimbursement of some of their legal costs. Two recent District Court appeal cases in Queensland have provided useful guidance on the recovery of costs in such matters.
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Identity of sexual offences defendants can be published in the media in Queensland

Sex offences and the publication of the defendant’s identity: important legislative changes in Queensland

As of 3 October 2023, persons accused of, and charged with sexual offences including rape, attempted rape, assault with intent to commit rape, and sexual assault, can have their identity published by the media.
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Changes to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act August 2023

Changes to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act August 2023

On 1 August 2023, significant changes were made to domestic and family violence protection laws in Queensland in response to the Hear Her Voice recommendations. Amongst other changes, the amendments import “a pattern of behaviour” into the definition of domestic violence, to encompass behaviour that occurs over a period of time or via a series of acts.
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Your rights during a police interview in Queensland

Your rights during a police interview in Queensland

A police interview is often the start of a criminal matter and can make or break a case. If you do participate in a police interview, regardless of whether it occurs in a formal or informal setting, it is important to know that it can later be used as evidence against you in Court.
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Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) interviews

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) interviews

If you’re involved directly or indirectly in a transport safety incident in Australia, you may be required by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to be interviewed in relation to that incident. It’s important for people who are required to participant in an ATSB interview to understand their rights and obligations.
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Weapons licensing for armourers and theatrical ordnance suppliers Queensland

Weapons licensing for armourers and theatrical ordnance suppliers Queensland

The findings of an inquest into the death of a stuntman whilst filming a music video in Queensland were the catalyst for a review and scrutiny of the role of armourers and theatrical ordnance suppliers by Weapons Licensing (QLD).
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Could your behaviour constitute unlawful stalking?

Could your behaviour constitute unlawful stalking?

Did you know that intentionally directing your attention towards another person, where that person considers the attention to be unwelcome, destructive, or dangerous can amount to unlawful stalking?
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Disclosure in criminal proceedings Queensland

Disclosure in criminal proceedings

A fundamental part of the criminal justice system is the disclosure of evidence by the prosecution. When criminal proceedings are commenced, the accused has the right to be informed in detail, the nature and reason for a charge. This blog explains the disclosure process in criminal proceedings.
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Good behaviour bonds Queensland

Good behaviour bonds Queensland

A sentencing option available to Magistrates and Judges in appropriate cases, is what’s known as a ‘good behaviour bond’. A good behaviour bond allows the offender to remain in the community on the condition that they will be of good behaviour for the period of the good behaviour order.
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