It’s just a drink driving offence, I can’t go to jail. Can I?

Drink Driving Offence

Most motorists pleading guilty to their first drink driving charge will receive a fine and a loss of their licence.  It is however open for the Magistrate to impose an actual period of imprisonment, es … [Read more...]

Reforms to Youth Justice Laws Brings Qld in Line With UN Convention

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Youth Justice Reforms Queensland's 17 year old offenders are the only youths in the Country being sentenced outside the youth justice system. By treating 17 year olds as adults in the criminal … [Read more...]

Domestic & Family Violence Protection Bill 2016

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DV LAW SET TO BE STRENGTHENED AND PENALTIES INCREASED. Domestic Violence Law On 16 August 2016, the Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Protection of Domestic and Family Violence … [Read more...]

Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council

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Sentencing law to be assisted by Sentencing Advisory Council Sentencing law is a complex and often controversial part of the Criminal process.  In considering the competing elements of the sentencing … [Read more...]

Qld set to overturn Barbaro & Zirilli v The Queen [2014]

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Barbaro & Zirilli is a 2014 High Court Decision which effectively brought to an end the practice of Prosecutors providing the Court with an appropriate sentencing range.  Until 2014 it was usual … [Read more...]

IMPRISONMENT NOT A SENTENCE OF LAST RESORT

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Sentencing procedure has been significantly amended with the introduction of the  Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014.  The act amends section 9 (Sentencing guidelines) by omitting … [Read more...]

Online Plea Of Guilty

Minor Traffic offences commenced by way of a complaint and summons, can now be resolved by way of an online plea of guilty.  The days of attending the bulk traffic call over and waiting to have minor … [Read more...]

Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2014

Reforms included in the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2014  The Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2014 sees reform in a number of criminal law areas. The proposed amendments include harsher penalties for … [Read more...]

Disqualified Driving Sentence

Mollie Roper obtained an exceptional result for this mornings disqualified driving sentence.  Our client was charged with one count of disqualified driving and another count of disqualified driving … [Read more...]

Juvenile Offenders To Be Named and Shamed Under New Laws

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New criminal laws have been passed for juvenile offenders in Queensland with a substantial overhaul of the Qld Childrens Court process.  These changes are substantial in that they remove the … [Read more...]