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QLD POLICE POWERS AND SEARCHES

The laws covering QLD police powers to search are in the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 (QLD)

Told you’re going experience a police search at a music festival? Not sure if it’s lawful? Comply with police directions and tell them: 

“I COMPLY BUT I DO NOT CONSENT”

POWER TO SEARCH PERSONS IN QUEENSLAND​

DRUG LAWS IN QUEENSLAND

  • Laws covering drug offences in QLD are in the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 (QLD)
  • QLD Law sorts drugs into two categories:
    • Schedule 1: cocaine, LSD, MDMA, ecstasy
    • Schedule 2: cannabis and morphine
  • The drugs are then categorised by quantity called schedule 3 and schedule 4.
  • The maximum term of imprisonment is depended on the schedule of possession
    and/or supply.
  • You can be charged in QLD for possession and supply of drugs.

Possession

  1. Having knowledge and control of the prohibited drug
  2. If police find drugs in a car – all the people in the car face charges of possessing the drug
  3. Section 129(1)(c) in the Drugs Misuse Act has the effect of deeming all people who occupy a house to be in possession of any drug that is found in the house. Unless they can show that they didn’t know and had no reason to suspect that the drugs were there

Actual Possession can be:

 

  1. Physical possession
  2. Non-physical possession
    • Mere knowledge of the existence of a drug
    • Intention to have drug
  3. Joint possession

Deemed possession:

 

  • Proof that a dangerous drug was at the material time in or on a place of which [the person charged] was the occupier or concerned in the management or control of, is conclusive evidence that the drug was then in the person’s possession. 

Supply

1. Give, distribute, sell, administer, transport or supplying drugs
2. Offering to do the above

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Dealing W/ Police & Security

Police can ask for your name and address if they think you’ve committed an offence or could have information about an offence. You must give them this information!

Yes! If you filmed police and you’re concerned about their conduct – feel free to send it to us confidentially and we can review it for you.

Security guards do not have the same powers as police.

However, festivals may require you to give consent to security searching you as a condition of entry and refusing this may allow them to not let you in.

We can provide you with advice on your legal options including your legal rights, possible defences and penalties.

 

Your first call with us is free

O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors
e: 
p: 02 9261 4281
a: Level 4, 219-223 Castlereagh St,
Sydney NSW 2000

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