Could making ‘coercive control’ a criminal offence minimise intimate partner homicide? In May 2022, the Queensland Government announced plans to introduce legislation making ‘coercive control’ a criminal offence. What do you need to know about coercive control, the new legislation, reforms, and criminal code amendments? Coercive control has been common talk amongst the general public recently. This collective consciousness of ‘coercive control’ formed after the harrowing inc
It’s important to remember your rights if you are facing arrest. Although you may disagree with an arrest, the act of physical resistance or evasion from a police officer’s lawful arrest will be considered a crime. Unfortunately, many fail to understand that this resistance can come with negative consequences. In Queensland, the police have rights to arrest in a range of situations. In most cases it is lawful for a police officer to arrest an adult if they have an arrest warr
Whether it’s the smart mouth know it all or the zip lipped home buyer, Real Estate Agents have their work cut out for them, so there is nothing worse than dealing with a difficult client just to have the deal fall over during the conveyance. There are basic steps which both agents and conveyancers need to keep in mind when dealing with difficult parties: (a) Pre-contractual advice Give the client the option to talk to their conveyancer before entering into a contract. It remo
Quick, Nimble, and easy to miss. Are you being ripped off? Before you drive away in your brand-new sports car, family van, or all-rounder it’s important to make yourself fully aware of what you are sitting in. It is becoming increasingly common for cars to break down at the end of the block, or within a few days of purchase. The common view of car dealerships is that a salesperson will do everything in their power to rip you off to make more money, but what you don’t know mig
The Consequences of Speeding in Brisbane | Traffic Offences If caught speeding, it can range from a demerit points loss to a fine. In more serious cases, you can end up with license suspensions and lose your authority to drive on the Queensland roads. First, let’s get it straight. Speeding is defined as driving over the signed speed limit, or at a speed that is not appropriate for the driving conditions such as rain, fog, traffic volume/flow. Speeding is the wrong road to tak
It’s Tax Time in Australia. Are you prepared? With the End Of Financial Year steadily approaching, we’ll be addressing the common questions regarding Australian tax law and taxation offences.
“What is tax crime?”; “What are the most common taxation offences?” and; “What are the consequences for serious tax offences?” Tax Crime Explained Tax crime is the abuse of the tax and super systems for one’s financial benefit.
“Tax crime includes hiding cash wages, avoiding tax, u
After studying his degree at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for four years, Daniel Creevey Jr was recently admitted as a solicitor at the Supreme Court of Queensland. Following in the footsteps of his father Dan Creevey Sr, the 23-year-old lawyer was appointed at Creevey Russell Lawyers. His father and aunt Clare Creevey are co-principals of the local law firm where Mr Creevey Jr worked as a law clerk in the crime and misconduct division while completing his de
A Toowoomba landowner has successfully obtained an injunction in the Supreme Court of Queensland to stop a developer carrying out unapproved and unlawful earthworks on an adjoining property which caused erosion on his land after Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) failed to take action. Creevey Russell Lawyers Principal Dan Creevey, who represented the landowner, said the Court granted the firm’s application for a mandatory injunction and ordered the developer to pay costs. Mr C
A phenomenon that takes ‘standing up for yourself’ to new extremes. An inside look: self-representation in court. There’s been a mass increase in the self-represented cases in court. The main driving aspect for this increase is to avoid engaging a lawyer to assist you (due to fear of costly expense). However, as many have found, their self-representation ends up being more costly in the long run. If you have been thinking of self-representation, you may want to think again. B
The number of applications made under the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act has been rapidly increasing. An application made against you can have considerable negative impacts in your life. On the other hand, they are important if you need urgent assistance. But It’s not all black and white. In light of this, it’s time to reconvene and reassess. First: What is a Domestic Violence Order, who is involved and what are the types? What is a Domestic Violence Order? “A do
Being charged with a criminal offence can be a harrowing and anxiety filled process. But just because you may have taken a wrong turn in life, or are alleged to, doesn’t mean that the consequences for that wrong turn are completely unavoidable. No matter how you came to this point - it’s how to proceed from here that will see you through. Because no matter the charge (minor or significant) the point remains that if your liberty is at stake you need to be proactive in mounting
We all know the old saying ‘you do the crime; you do the time’ however nowadays it can be more complex than that. We have all seen and heard on American tv or film the term plea bargain. But do we know exactly about the legal terms and the ins-and-outs of Australian Law? At some stage, you may either directly or indirectly be heavily involved in judicial circumstances – so it is best to stay (at least a little bit) on top of things. So, today – we discuss Plea Bargains or oth
Recently, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported that 40% of convicted Australians identified as having previously received a mental illness diagnosis. And alarmingly, further studies highlighted that approximately one in five mentally ill Australians will come into contact with the criminal justice system at least once in their life. (aihw.gov.au/) For most of us, these statistics will raise many questions. Before we delve deeper, let’s brush up on the facts
Being a witness At some point in your life you may be asked to attend court as a witness or even requested by one of the team at Creevey Russell Lawyers to give evidence. Depending on your career you may also be asked to attend a court as an expert witness, such as a doctor or engineer, to provide advice about the evidence presented. You could be a witness for the prosecution or the defence. In either case, both the defence and prosecution lawyers may ask you questions about