Gold Coast & Brisbane Criminal Lawyers
If you’ve been charged with a traffic or criminal offence in Gold Coast or on the Brisbane, you need Hannay Lawyers. Hannay Lawyers is a multi-award winning criminal law practice with office locations in Brisbane CBD and Southport, Gold Coast.
Being charged with a traffic or criminal offence can have serious consequences. If you are found guilty, a conviction recorded against you, regardless of how minor it may be, can have a major impact upon many facets of your life.
The award-winning team at Hannay Lawyers in Gold Coast and on the Brisbane are experienced in all matters of traffic and criminal law. We have successfully represented thousands of people charged with offences not only in Brisbane, the Gold Coast but locations across Queensland.
Our Gold Coast & Brisbane criminal lawyers can assist in the following areas:
- Bail applications;
- Pleas and sentencing;
- Criminal law trials;
- Summary and indictable offences;
- Fines; and
- Police misconduct applications.
The criminal justice system in Queensland is complex, demanding not only extensive knowledge of relevant laws but also the practical experience of appearing in courts, before different judicial officers in courts in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and other towns and cities throughout Queensland.
If you are serious about securing effective legal representation for matters of which you’ve been charged or about to be charged, call Hannay Lawyers or visit our offices in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Charged or think you’re about to be charged for drug offences?
These types of offences are serious and not only can attract jail-time, but also can have a major impact upon your reputation, making it difficult to travel overseas and be employed by certain organisations and/or work in specific industries.
WHAT ARE DRUG OFFENCES?
In Queensland, these types of offences include the following:
- Minor possession offences of cannabis or party type drugs;
- Possession of relevant utensils and property used in the commission of a drug offence;
- Supplying drugs to other people;
- Large scale possession offending;
- Selling, supplying and receiving drugs from others or being involved in the business of buying and selling drugs which is an offence of trafficking;
- Moving drugs into correctional environments;
- Importation of drugs into Australia.
Was the Search Lawful?
A common question that is often asked. Here’s the answer. If the Police are wanting to search you or your property for drugs without a warrant it needs to be in the following circumstances or with a warrant if there is no warrant and if none of the below fit your circumstance, you should politely refuse:
- to hand over or serve a legal document;
- in urgent circumstances, such as when a person has been seriously injured or is about to be harmed;
- to investigate a traffic offence, e.g. to take a breath test for alcohol;
- to catch someone who has escaped from prison or from being arrested
- to search for evidence if they reasonably suspect it may otherwise be hidden or destroyed
- to arrest someone
- to reach a crime scene
- to detain someone under an anti-terrorism ‘preventative detention order’
- if they reasonably believe that the person they’re looking for is on your property.
Now, if the police have a warrant that allows them to enter your home, make sure you see it. You also need to make sure you are given a copy of the warrant.
Whether or not the search has been conducted or not, it’s important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. Seeking advice early can minimise the risk of charges becoming more serious.
What are the Penalties for Drug Offences?
It’s a little too much to explore here because it will depend upon the category of the offence or offences of which you have been charged or are under investigation.
Call our Criminal Lawyers Gold Coast now to put us in the picture so we can advise accordingly.
In hot water? Get in touch now!
We’ll get back to you within a few hours. If it’s an emergency, call our 24/7 hotline on 0414 478 551.
Charged with One of these Types of Offences? Serious Hot Water!
Violent offences such as assault, grievous bodily harm, wounding etc have major consequences and with these types of matters, legal advice is needed now.
What are Assault Charges?
This category of offending is very broad and it includes things like, common assault, wounding, grievous bodily harm and numerous others. In Queensland, depending upon the circumstances, jail-time can be mandatory. Get advice as early as possible is your best bet.
Am I Going to Jail?
It’s very difficult to give you information without understanding the full circumstances, the extent of investigations by the Police and whether or not those investigations occurred lawfully.
Call our Gold Coast Criminal Lawyers now!
Serious Charges with Big Consequences!
These types of offences invariably attract jail-time and can escalate very quickly if legal advice is not sought.
What are Fraud Offences?
This category of offences is very broad and very serious. At Hannay Lawyers, we have successfully represented many people who have been charged with fraud and related charges. From our experience in this respect, it is vitally important you seek our help as soon as possible to minimise these types of matters escalating and becoming more serious than what they need to be.
Will I Go to Jail?
Without understanding the full circumstances of your predicament it is difficult to give advice. At Hannay Lawyers, our objective is to prevent these matters from ever reaching court. Hence it’s very important you contact us as soon as possible so we’re able to ensure that any investigations that have been conducted were done so lawfully and any future investigations are done in consultation with us.
Call our Criminal Lawyers Gold Coast now!
Break & Enter Charges?
Break & Enter or Burglary Charges Can Be Serious.
Preventing these matters from getting to court is our key objective.
What are Break & Enter Charges?
This category of offences includes breaking and entering, burglary and possession of things used in connection with unlawful entry.
Are These Charges Serious?
These charges in isolation are often serious, but they’re invariably coupled with other charges as well, making your criminal defence both complex and challenging. It’s vitally important you seek legal advice as soon as possible to minimise the risk of these charges becoming more serious than they need to be.
Call our Gold Coast Criminal Solicitors now!
Sex Offence Charges?
These charges are serious and can get out of control quickly!
These types of offences are as serious as what they are complex, invariably with significant evidence gathering by Police. Seeking advice early will ensure that those investigations are in fact, lawful and give you every possible chance of having your matter rubbed out before it goes to court.
What are Sexual Offences?
These body of offences are very serious and complex. Under this category, there are many offences, some of which may be used in conjunction with each other against you.
Am I Going to Jail?
Obviously, this is very difficult to assess without understanding the circumstances of the charges or potential charges against you. What we can say though, is that these charges can become more serious the longer you delay seeking legal help. Effective criminal defence will ensure that any investigations that have been undertaken were lawful and that any future investigations only occur with the involvement of your legal team.
Call our Criminal Solicitors Gold Coast now!
Domestic Violence Charges?
These charges often attract jail-time. Immediate advice is essential.
It’s imperative if you are charged or under investigation for domestic violence charges or related charges you seek legal help immediately. The long-standing impact of these types of charges if they stick can be massive.
What is this Charge?
The relevant law creates a number of offences that relate to domestic violence. These types of offences can activate other types of offences within the Criminal Code and notoriously can become very, very serious.
Am I Going to Jail?
We cannot give you that advice without understanding your situation and more specifically the nature of the charges that have been brought or are about to be brought by Queensland Police.
Our primary objective at Hannay Lawyers is to stress-test the investigations that have or are about to occur, against you.
Seeking our help sooner rather than later is imperative.
Call our Gold Coast Criminal Lawyers now!
Murder or Manslaughter?
Urgent advice is needed in these matters. Call Now!
These types of matters often turn on evidence, hence it’s imperative that any evidence gathering against you is conducted lawfully.
Murder & Manslaughter Charges
You don’t need us to tell you that if you’re under investigation or have already been charged with murder or manslaughter you’re in serious hot water. These types of matters often turn on evidence, hence it’s imperative that any evidence gathering against you is conducted lawfully.
We’re Always Available
At Hannay Lawyers, regardless of where you are, our Criminal Lawyers Gold Coast can be with you 24/7. Call us!
Never underestimate the impact of these charges! Get Advice Early!
If you have been charged with any driving-related offence, talk to one of our Gold Coast & Brisbane DUI Lawyers today.
TRAFFIC & DUI OFFENCES?
In Queensland, these types of offences are governed largely by specific traffic-focused legislation
More specifically, these offences are governed by the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 (Qld) and the Regulations associated with this Act, particularly the Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Road Rules) Regulation 2009 (Qld) and the Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Driver Licensing) Regulation 2010 (Qld).
If you are charged with disqualified driving, drink or drug driving, the impact can be considerable. Losing your licence can not only be a huge inconvenience, but your ability to work can also be compromised. Notwithstanding this, depending upon the severity of the charge, big fines and in certain circumstance, jail time can apply.
If you have been charged with one or more of these offences, we recommend getting legal advice quickly:
- Dangerous Operation of a Vehicle;
- Drink or Drug Driving (DUI)
- Operation of a Vehicle Leading to Murder or Manslaughter;
- Unlicensed Driving of a Vehicle;
- Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident;
- Making Unnecessary Noise or Smoke while Operating a Vehicle;
- Racing Motor Vehicles on the Road;
- Drinking and Taking Drugs While in Charge of a Vehicle.
Call Hannay Lawyers today.
Criminal & Traffic Law Questions
What Are My Rights?
Under the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act, you have the right to phone Hannay Lawyers. You can call us on 0414 478 551 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and one of our Gold Coast & Brisbane criminal lawyers will visit you regardless of where you are located.
Should I Represent Myself in Court?
Regardless of the type of charge, whether it’s traffic or criminal law related, representing yourself in court is not a good idea! Not only is knowledge of the relevant legislation and case law important, but being represented by a criminal lawyer who is on their feet daily before the courts cannot be understated. Things can get out of hand in court and having both knowledge and experience ensures better outcomes.
I’m Not Ready. Can My Matter Be Adjourned?
At Hannay Lawyers, whether you are located in Brisbane or the Gold Coast, we can best advise you of adjournments.
Do I Need to be in Brisbane or the Gold Coast to Have Hannay Lawyers Represent Me?
No. Regardless of whether you are located in Brisbane or the Gold Coast or anywhere in Australia, our team of lawyers can assist you. We have extensive knowledge and experience in jurisdictions across Australia.
What Court Will I Go To?
All criminal charges are initiated in the Magistrates Court of Queensland. The far majority of criminal and traffic law matters are handled in the Magistrates Court.
Hannay Lawyers appear daily in the Brisbane and Gold Coast Magistrates Courts.
What Do I Bring to My First Appointment?
If you are consulting with one of our criminal lawyers at our Brisbane or Gold Coast office, if possible, bring to this appointment all information provided to you by Queensland Police or the prosecution. This may include
– Bail Documents;
– Criminal History;
– QP9 (Police Summary of Facts)
Incidental to this information, bring anything else with you that you believe will help the team at Hannay Lawyers better understand the charges that you face.