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Criminal

We act in all criminal offences in Queensland. We have over 10 years combined experience in criminal law and represented defendants in over 800 cases between our lawyers. We are experienced Brisbane criminal lawyers.

Traffic

We represent persons in all traffic offences. This includes drink driving, drug driving, disqualified driving, unlicensed driving, careless driving, and dangerous operation of a motor vechile charges. We also act in work licence applications and special hardship order applications. 

Recent results

  • September 2018 - Brisbane Magistrates Court - fraud - successful justice mediation, charge discontinued

  • August 2018 - Brisbane Magistrates Court - stealing - good behaviour bond, no conviction recorded

  • August 2018 - Brisbane District Court - possess child exploitation material - wholly suspended sentence

  • August 2018 - Brisbane Magistrates Court - stealing - good behaviour bond, no conviction recorded

  • June 2018 - Maroochydore Magistrates Court - stealing - $1500 fine, no conviction recorded

  • April 2018 - Byron Bay Local Court - aggravated break and enter - 9 months imprisonment, with immediate release on parole after serving 3 months

  • February 2018 - Brisbane District Court - possessing child exploitation material - 6 months wholly suspended imprisonment and probation

  • January 2018 - Brisbane District Court - possessing child exploitation material - 12 months wholly suspended imprisonment

  • January 2018 - Brisbane Magistrates Court - sexual assault - $1000 fine, no conviction recorded

  • January 2018 - police investigation - rape - discontinued

  • October 2017 - Holland Park Magistrates Court - enter premises and commit indictable offence - discontinued

  • October 2017 - Strathpine Magistrates Court - special hardship order application - successful

  • October 2017 - Supreme Court of Queensland - trafficking in a dangerous drug - 3 years imprisonment with immediate release on parole

  • September 2017 - Holland Park Magistrates Court - driving under the influence of liquor - $1200 fine and 9 months disqualification

  • September 2017 - Supreme Court of Queensland - trafficking in a dangerous drug - 4 years imprisonment to be suspended after serving 10 months

  • August 2017 - Sandgate Magistrates Court - common assault - discontinued

  • July 2017 - Brisbane Magistrates Court - assault occasioning bodily harm - discontinued

  • June 2017 - Brisbane District Court - assault occasioning bodily harm - probation

  • May 2017 - Cairns District Court - dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning bodily harm - wholly suspended term of imprisonment

  • March 2017 Ipswich Magistrates Court - defending domestic violence application - application discontinued

  • March 2017 Brisbane Magistrates Court - supply dangerous drugs - discontinued

  • March 2017 - police investigation for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death - investigation finalised - no charges laid

  • January 2017 Beenleigh Magistrates Court - unlawful wounding - discontinued

  • January 2017 Supreme Court of Queensland - attempted possession of a marketable quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug - not guilty

  • January 2017 Brisbane Magistrates Court - sexual assault - $1000 fine, no conviction recorded

 

  • September 2016 Brisbane Magistrates Court - enter premises and commit indictable offence - discontinued

  • September 2016 Brisbane Magistrates Court - careless driving - $500 fine

  • August 2016 Beenleigh Magistrates Court - possess restricted drug - discontinued

  • January 2016 Southport Magistrates Court - unlicensed driving (demerit points) - minimum 6 months disqualification and $200 fine

  • January 2016 Brisbane Magistrates Court - contravention of domestic violence order - 6 months good behaviour bond, no conviction recorded

  • November 2015 Brisbane Magistrates Court - unlawful stalking (x2), obstruct police officers - charges discontinued

  • October 2015 Police Investigation - unlawful stalking and using a carriage service to harass, menace or offend - no charges laid, investigation finalised

  • October 2015 Ipswich Magistrates Court - possess drugs (x2), possess utensils and pipes, possess property suspected of being acquired, unlawful possession of restricted drugs - good behaviour bond, no conviction recorded

  • October 2015 Redcliffe Magistrates Court - unlawful possession of weapons (x3), possess dangerous drugs (x2), drug driving - 12 months probation order, 1 month disqualification of driver's licence

  • September 2015 Brisbane Magistrates Court - Unlawful Wounding substituted for Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm Whilst Armed - 2 years probation and 240 community service hours, no conviction recorded

  • August 2015 - Supreme Court of Queensland - Application for leave to manage company - application successful

  • August 2015 Brisbane Magistrates Court - Acts intended to cause Grievous Bodily Harm, Going armed so as to cause fear - charges dismissed

  • August 2015 Downing Centre Local Court (Sydney) - participate in criminal group (charge dismissed), deal with property suspected proceeds of crime (13 months imprisonment wholly suspended)

  • August 2015 Brisbane Magistrates Court - possession of a dangerous drug - drug diversion

  • June 2015 Brisbane Magistrates Court - engaging in prostitution through a business and possess tainted property - charges dismissed

  • June 2015 Beenleigh Magistrates Court - driving an unregistered vehicle and uninsured vehicle - successful negotiations and charges dismissed

  • June 2015 Brisbane Magistrates Court - false declaration - $1000 fine, no conviction recorded

  • May 2015 Supreme Court of Queensland - importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug - 8 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 4 years

  • May 2015 Southport Magistrates Court - threatening the safety of an aircraft - no case to answer (substituted for interfering with the performance of a crew member - $1000 fine, conviction recorded)

  • May 2015 Brisbane Magistrates Court - produce dangerous drugs - good behaviour bond, no conviction recorded

Criminal law - news

In 2018, the Office of the Director of the Public Prosecutions instigated an Early Resolution Pilot to facilitate the early resolution of criminal matters. The aim is for the parties to participate in early negotiations to finalise matters or have them moved to the higher courts within 100 days.

On 30 March 2018, new laws commenced, which gives the court power to impose a bail condition requiring a person charged with a criminal offence to wear a tracking device.  This allows the Queensland police to monitor the location the person whilst on bail. This will be useful especially in cases involving serious crime, a person with criminal history, a person with breaches of bail in the past, or international citizens. We act in all bail applications and please contact us to discuss further. 

In 2017, new laws relating to domestic violence offences in Queensland were passed. This includes increasing the duration of domestic violence orders to a minimum of 5 years unless the court is satisfied there are reasons for a shorter order. There is also an increase in penalty for persons charged with breaching a domestic violence order. We act in all domestic violence cases and please contact us to discuss further. 

From 1 July 2018, a new offence of industrial manslaughter has been inserted into the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld). This means that a person conducting a business, or a senior officer, can be found guilty of negligently causing the death of a worker in Qld. We act in all criminal law matters. Please contact us to discuss further. 

On 22 March 2018, the District Court considered whether a person was driving whilst unlicensed, when they had a valid Victorian licence, but not a Queensland licence. If a person has taken up residence in Queensland for 3 months, then the authority to drive on the interstate licence is withdrawn. The question was whether the person had taken up residence in Queensland. The court found that the person did not, as to 'reside' includes to settle, to take up one's abode. We act in all traffic and licence matters. Please contact us to discuss further.