Commonwealth Criminal Lawyers (Federal Offences)

If you are involved in an investigation or have been charged for a Commonwealth offence (federal crime), our criminal defence lawyers can help you.

As one of the largest independent criminal defence practices in Queensland, our lawyers routinely represent people facing criminal charges, including people charged by the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

If you want authoritative advice, or event just a second opinion about the legal representation you are receiving, contact our firm to discuss your options. Our firm is widely regarded as a leading criminal law firm that fearless protects the interests of our clients. Call for a free case assessment for Commonwealth offences or federal crimes being prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP).

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Federal Agencies

Australian Border Force
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
Australian Federal Police
Australian Fisheries Management Authority
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Australian Taxation Office
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Free Case Assessment – Call Now: 1300 AFT LEGAL

Call one of our criminal lawyers for a free, no-obligation initial review of the allegations or federal charges you face. It costs nothing to find out why we are the defence lawyers you can trust.

If you engage us to defend you, our criminal lawyers will assist you every step of the way. We:

  • inform you of your legal rights and entitlements.

  • inform you of your legal responsibilities.

  • obtain information that may cast doubt on the credibility or reliability of the allegations.

  • challenge evidence that is unreliable, or seek a case to be dismissed if there has been a violation of rights or an abuse of process.

Failure to exercise certain rights, or acting on the wrong advice, can fundamentally affect the interests of a person facing allegations for federal crimes or Commonwealth offences. If you want advice you can trust from a respected criminal law firm, contact Anderson Fredericks Turner.

Leading Criminal Defence Lawyers

We are regarded as one of the leading criminal law firms in Queensland. Andrew Anderson is independently recommended among the leading Criminal Defence Lawyers in Australia as well as being among the leading Corporate and White-Collar Crime Lawyers in Australia (Doyles Guide, 2018).

Anderson Fredericks Turner has experienced criminal lawyers with substantial experience in defending people charged with Commonwealth offences, from simple tax, social security or Centrelink fraud cases right through to complex and serious charges involving drug importation or corporate criminal offences.

If you are seeking the best lawyers for a Commonwealth offence or federal crime, contact our team today for a free case assessment.

Commonwealth Offences

Commonwealth Offences - Centrelink Fraud
Commonwealth Offences - Child Exploitation Offences
Commonwealth Offences - Corporate Criminal Offences
Commonwealth Offences - Drug Importation
Commonwealth Offences - Illegal Fishing
Commonwealth Offences - Taxation Offences

Commonwealth Offences

Commonwealth Offences - Centrelink Fraud
Commonwealth Offences - Child Exploitation Offences
Commonwealth Offences - Corporate Criminal Offences
Commonwealth Offences - Drug Importation
Commonwealth Offences - Illegal Fishing
Commonwealth Offences - Taxation Offences

Leading Criminal Defence Lawyers

We are regarded as one of the leading criminal law firms in Queensland. Andrew Anderson is independently recommended among the leading Criminal Defence Lawyers in Australia as well as being among the leading Corporate and White-Collar Crime Lawyers in Australia (Doyles Guide, 2018).

Anderson Fredericks Turner has experienced criminal lawyers with substantial experience in defending people charged with Commonwealth offences, from simple tax, social security or Centrelink fraud cases right through to complex and serious charges involving drug importation or corporate criminal offences.

If you are seeking the best lawyers for a Commonwealth offence or federal crime, contact our team today for a free case assessment.

Commonwealth and Federal Offences – Important Issues & Concepts

Commonwealth Offences: Sentencing Procedure

Commonwealth Offences: Sentencing Procedure

Sentencing for Commonwealth offences or federal crimes involves highly structured procedures, which can be complex due to their interaction with the procedures of State and territory courts in Australia. It is important to have an advanced knowledge of both jurisdictions to understand the sentencing options and consequences that may follow a finding of guilt, such as reporting requirements or travel restrictions.

Commonwealth Offences: Criminal Trial Procedure

Commonwealth Offences – Criminal Trial Procedure

The Commonwealth Criminal Code was enacted in 1995 in Australia, which largely codified the way federal crimes are prosecuted in Australia. This means that the way a person may become criminally liable for an offence, or what defences may be available are largely determined by this law. It operates differently to a number of State and territory laws in Australia.

Proceeds of Crime Confiscation Proceedings

Criminal Confiscation Proceedings

For a person charged with certain Commonwealth offences, there is a real risk that criminal confiscation proceedings will follow. Such proceedings can lead to the confiscation of property, including homes. There are strict timeframes that apply to these proceedings under confiscation laws whether arising under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 (Qld) or the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth).

Federal Jury Trials: Section 80 of the Constitution

Federal Jury Trials: Section 80 of the Constitution

Section 80 of the Australian Constitution provides for a jury in any trial on indictment involving a Commonwealth offence (federal crime). It also provides that the trial is to be held in the State where the offence was committed. Over time, the High Court of Australia has explained the meaning and limitations of this constitutional guarantee with respect to jury trials.

Commonwealth & Federal Offences: Issues and Concepts

Commonwealth Offences: Sentencing Procedure

Sentencing for Commonwealth offences or federal crimes involves highly structured procedures, which can be complex due to their interaction with the procedures of State and territory courts in Australia. It is important to have an advanced knowledge of both jurisdictions to understand the sentencing options and consequences that may follow a finding of guilt, such as ongoing reporting requirements or travel restrictions.

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Commonwealth Offences: Criminal Trial Procedure

The Commonwealth Criminal Code was enacted in 1995 in Australia, which largely codified the way federal crimes are prosecuted in Australia. This means that the way a person may become criminally liable for an offence, or what defences may be available are largely determined by this law. It operates differently to a number of State and territory laws in Australia.

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Proceeds of Crime Confiscation Proceedings

For a person charged with certain Commonwealth offences, there is a real risk that criminal confiscation proceedings will follow. Such proceedings can lead to the confiscation of property, including homes. There are strict timeframes that apply to these proceedings under confiscation laws whether arising under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 (Qld) or the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth).

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Federal Jury Trials: Section 80 of the Constitution

Section 80 of the Australian Constitution provides for a jury in any trial on indictment involving a Commonwealth offence (federal crime). It also provides that the trial is to be held in the State where the offence was committed. Over time, the High Court of Australia has explained the meaning and limitations of this constitutional guarantee with respect to jury trials.

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Free Case Review

Call one of our criminal lawyers for a free, no-obligation initial review of the allegations or federal charges you face. It costs nothing to find out why we are the defence lawyers you can trust.

If you engage us to defend you, our criminal lawyers will assist you every step of the way. We:

  • inform you of your legal rights and entitlements.

  • inform you of your legal responsibilities.

  • obtain information that may cast doubt on the credibility or reliability of the allegations.

  • challenge evidence that is unreliable, or seek a case to be dismissed if there has been a violation of rights or an abuse of process.

Failure to exercise certain rights, or acting on the wrong advice, can fundamentally affect the interests of a person facing allegations for federal crimes or Commonwealth offences. If you want advice you can trust from a respected criminal law firm, contact Anderson Fredericks Turner.