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Criminal convictions

If you go to Court and you tell the Court you have broken the law (you plead guilty) or, even if you do not plead guilty but the Court says you are guilty, then you are convicted. The Court does not always record a conviction. The law on whether you have to tell...

Extradition

If you break the law in another State, authorities may issue a warrant for your arrest or may need you to return to the State where the offence was committed. If you are arrested you may be able to apply for bail, but if granted bail you may have to make your own...

Offender levy

The offender levy is an administrative fee paid by an offender (other than a child) found guilty in a Queensland Court. The levy applies to the offences in the Magistrates, District or Supreme Courts and becomes payable once you are sentenced.  The levy is separate to...

Possible penalties and sentences

If you are found guilty of an offence, the Court convicts you and will make an Order saying how you will be punished. This is called the penalty or sentence.   How does the Court decide what my penalty or sentence should be? The Penalties and Sentences Act sets out...

Prison

You may be held in custody (for example a prison, youth detention centre or a police watch-house) if: You are arrested for questioning You are arrested and charged with a criminal offence and the police do not give you watch-house bail before you go to Court the first...