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Author: Cameron Browne

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What should I wear to court?

This is a question that can often cause people to feel a great deal of anxiety.  This worry is often increased by the fact that the question often fails to arise until the very night before a person is required to attend court. So we have a situation where a person may already be stressed about the morning’s court appearance and suddenly they are struck with the query “what do I wear?” The good news is that the answer comes down to a single word “respect.” A Judge or Magistrate is required by law to take into account a long list of matters...

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I have been caught drink or drug driving. Why do I need a lawyer?

You may benefit substantially from engaging a traffic lawyer if you have been charged with drink or drug driving, even if you intend to plead guilty to the charge. Answering these charges may be your first experience in court, whereas our lawyers have been appearing on behalf of clients on a daily basis for years. We know what submissions to make to the sentencing magistrate in order for you to have the best chances of receiving a relatively low penalty in your circumstances. Magistrates in Queensland are provided with a range of penalties they can impose. We can advise you...

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Increased Police Powers During Commonwealth Games: How They Will Affect Your Rights

Increased Police Powers during Commonwealth Games: How they will affect your rights During the Commonwealth Games period, police across the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns are afforded extended powers for the purpose of ensuring public safety. However, as acknowledged by the Queensland Law Society and the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, these extended powers can also have negative impacts on residents of Queensland and visitors to the state. Duration The extended powers apply between 10 March 2018 and 18 April 2018. Some locations may have the extended powers applying for a shorter time during this period. Protective Security Zones (PSZs) The extended powers apply...

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What does ‘no conviction recorded’ really mean in Queensland?

Article by Cameron Browne Introduction Having a criminal conviction on your record can have a prolonged and profound impact on your life that extends far beyond the punishment imposed by a court during a sentence. It can, in some circumstances, be used adversely against you in terms of employment, travel, loans, rental applications, and more. In some cases, it may not matter what the offence was, and having any criminal history whatsoever could result in an automatic denial or potential loss of opportunity.  For this reason, it is in your best interests that you seek a conviction not be recorded, even if...

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Cancellation of visas for those who commit crimes in Australia

Non-citizens: Can I remain in Australia if I have a criminal conviction? For non-citizens, including permanent residents and special category visa holders (New Zealanders), having a criminal conviction may lead to deportation or involuntary removal from Australia. A criminal conviction (even if no conviction is recorded) may also affect those on work or travel visas. What is the “character test”? Section 501(3A) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) states that the Minister must cancel a visa that has been granted to a person if the person does not pass the “character test”. A person will fail the character test if: the person has a “substantial criminal record”...

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