Violent Offence Lawyers – Queensland

If you have been charged with a violent offence, 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 in the Magistrates Court, District Court and Supreme Court.

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. We offer a free case assessment for people facing violent charges or a violent offence.

We have offices in Brisbane, BeenleighToowoomba, Townsville and on the Sunshine Coast. Anderson Fredericks Turner is independently regarded as one of the leading criminal law firms in Queensland.

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Violent Offences

Common Assault
Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm
Serious Assault
Grievous Bodily Harm
Extortion & Blackmail Offences
Robbery Offences (Queensland)
Unlawful Woudning

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Call one of our criminal lawyers for a free, no-obligation initial review of the allegations or charges you face for violence. 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. If you want advice you can trust from a respected criminal law firm, contact Anderson Fredericks Turner.

Classifying Violent Offences in Queensland

Violent offences may range from a common assault through to the most serious forms homicide offences. Violent offences are often separated into two categories:

  • Domestic, which is violence that often occurs inside a home and against someone known to the perpetrator.

  • Public, which is violence involving a member of the public and often in the public place.

In Queensland, for the purposes of sentencing, a violent offence includes any behaviour:

  • that involves the use of, or counselling or procuring the use of, or attempting or conspiring to use, violence against another person; or

  • that results in physical harm to another person.

As a consequence of the way ‘violence’ is defined for the purpose of sentencing, other less obvious offences, such as dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death will be classified as a violent offence in Queensland. Given the sentencing laws in relation to violent offences, the classification may matter to the penalty ultimately imposed by a court following conviction.

Domestic Violence Offences in Queensland
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Violent Offences – Important Definitions & Concepts

Domestic Violence Offences in Queensland

Domestic Violence Offences

Queensland classifies certain offences as ‘Domestic Violence Offences’. When a person is convicted of a domestic violence offence in Queensland, the law states that the court must treat the fact that it is a domestic violence offence as an aggravating factor unless the court considers it is not reasonable because of exceptional circumstances of the case.

Violent Offences - Sentencing Considerations

Violent Offences: Sentencing Considerations

For people charged with a violent offence, there are a number of considerations that are often overlooked when it comes to sentencing. There may be personal injury claims, limits on international travel, impacts on employment, as well as restrictions on participation in certain social activities. Understanding how these issues may impact you is critical to achieving the best outcome.

Drugs or Alcohol: Influence on Sentencing

Drugs or Alcohol: Influence on Sentencing

Following an amendment to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld) by the Safe Night Out Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (Qld), the starting point for a person that is being sentenced for a violent offence that was influenced by the voluntary consumption of alcohol or drugs is that it is not a mitigating factor for a court to have regard to in sentencing.

Serious Violent Offence (SVO) Declarations

Serious Violent Offence (SVO) Declarations

When a person is declared to have committed a ‘serious violent offence’, they are liable to serve 80% of any imprisonment imposed before becoming eligible for parole. The types of offences that may be classified as a serious violent offence involve a wide definition. The declaration applies automatically in some cases, such as when a person is sentenced to 10 years imprisonment or more.

Serious and Organised Crime Penalties in Queensland

Serious and Organised Crime Penalties

When a person is charged with a drug offence, they may also be charged as being a participant in a ‘criminal organisation’. If a person is convicted of a serious organised crime circumstance of aggravation as part of their violent offence, they can be liable to serve an additional period of imprisonment that must be wholly served in a prison and is cumulative on any other sentence imposed.

Violent Offences – Definitions & Concepts

Domestic Violence Offences in Queensland

Queensland classifies certain offences as ‘Domestic Violence Offences’. When a person is convicted of a domestic violence offence in Queensland, the law states that the court must treat the fact that it is a domestic violence offence as an aggravating factor unless the court considers it is not reasonable because of exceptional circumstances of the case.

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Violent Offences - Sentencing Considerations

For people charged with a violent offence, there are a number of considerations that are often overlooked when it comes to sentencing. There may be personal injury claims, limits on international travel, impacts on employment, as well as restrictions on participation in certain social activities. Understanding how these issues may impact you is critical to achieving the best outcome.

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Serious Violent Offence (SVO) Declarations

When a person is declared to have committed a ‘serious violent offence’, they are liable to serve 80% of any imprisonment imposed before becoming eligible for parole. The types of offences that may be classified as a serious violent offence involve a wide definition and includes some drug offences. The declaration applies automatically in some cases.

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Serious and Organised Crime Penalties in Queensland

When a person is charged with a drug offence, they may also be charged as being a participant in a ‘criminal organisation’. If a person is convicted of a serious organised crime circumstance of aggravation as part of their drug charge, they can be liable to serve an additional period of imprisonment that must be wholly served in a prison and is cumulative on any other sentence imposed.

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Free Case Review

Call one of our criminal lawyers for a free, no-obligation initial review of the allegations or charges you face for violence. 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. If you want advice you can trust from a respected criminal law firm, contact Anderson Fredericks Turner.