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Do drink driving offences appear on a Queensland criminal record?

Drink driving is a prominent offence in Queensland – but is operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol a traffic offence or does it appear on your criminal record?

How do I make changes to a QLD domestic violence order?

Protection Orders help victims of family violence – but the need for these measures can change. If so, how can you make changes to a QLD domestic violence order?

What are my rights if the police search my house in Queensland?

Queenslanders have specific legal rights when it comes to police searching their home – here’s a guide to ensuring everything is done by the book.

Is family violence the same criminal offence as domestic abuse?

Family violence and domestic abuse are used interchangeably – but are they the same criminal offence? And how should you respond to a case made against you?

How and for what reason can I adjourn a Queensland court date?

Your Queensland court date, while important, can be adjourned if you have a good reason for doing so and you follow the right processes.

What are the ‘one punch’ assault laws in Queensland?

‘King hit’ assaults in Queensland are treated more seriously than ever. What are the state one punch laws and how can a criminal defence lawyer help?

Should I represent myself in court?

It is often said that a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. A court environment is an unfamiliar and confronting place for many individuals. Court processes, legislation, practice rules, and sentencing principles means there is a significant amount of material an individual is required to be familiar with to ensure yourContinue Reading

Can I appeal my sentence?

An individual who is dissatisfied with the sentence imposed on them by a sentencing court at first instance does have the ability to appeal the sentence imposed to a higher court. For a sentence imposed in the Magistrates Court, an appeal can be made to the District Court of Queensland. For a sentence imposed inContinue Reading

How can I avoid a criminal conviction?

A common question asked by a lawyer is whether or not a conviction will be recorded for an offence. The answer to that query is possibly. In Queensland, sentencing courts generally have a discretion as to whether or not a conviction is recorded against an individual facing criminal or traffic convictions so long as aContinue Reading

Domestic Violence Proceedings

The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (Qld) provides protection to those who have experienced domestic violence. What constitutes Domestic Violence can be very broad, and includes, but is not limited to, the following: Physical or sexual abuse; Emotional or psychological abuse; Economic abuse; Conduct that is threatening, coercive, dominating or controlling. It isContinue Reading

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