If you have been charged with a traffic or criminal offence in Queensland, you need Hannay Lawyers. Hannay Lawyers is a multi-award winning criminal law practice with office locations in Gold Coast, and Brisbane CBD.
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.
Award-Winning Brisbane & Gold Coast Criminal Lawyers
The award-winning team at Hannay Lawyers is experienced in all matters of traffic and criminal law. We have successfully represented thousands of people charged with offences not only on the Gold Coast, but Brisbane as well as locations across Queensland.
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 Gold Coast, Brisbane, 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 office.
Our Gold Coast Criminal Lawyers can assist in the following areas:
- Bail applications.
- Pleas and sentencing.
- Criminal law trials.
- Police misconduct applications.
- Summary and indictable offences.
For more information see our services section.
Drug 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.
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.
Violent offences such as assault, grievous bodily harm, wounding etc have major consequences and with these types of matters, legal advice is needed now.
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.
Fraud offences invariably attract jail time and can escalate very quickly if legal advice is not sought.
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.
Break & Enter Charges?
Break & enter or burglary charges can be serious. Preventing these matters from getting to court is our key objective.
This category of offences includes breaking and entering, burglary and possession of things used in connection with unlawful entry. 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 is 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.
Sex Offence Charges?
Sexual offences are as serious as 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.
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.
Domestic Violence Charges?
It is 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.
The relevant law creates several 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.
Murder or Manslaughter Charges?
You don’t need us to tell you that if you are under investigation or have already been charged with murder or manslaughter that you are in serious hot water. Murder or manslaughter cases often turn on evidence, hence it is imperative that any evidence gathering against you is conducted lawfully.
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 circumstances, jail time can apply.
Brisbane & Gold Coast Criminal Lawyers 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 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 is 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 the Gold Coast or Brisbane, we can best advise you of adjournments.
Do I need a Criminal Lawyer to 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 do I bring to my first appointment?
If you are consulting with one of our criminal lawyers at our Gold Coast or Brisbane 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.
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 Magistrates Courts.