There are different types of offences that police might investigate. These differ according to their severity, and the process that occurs after you’re charged differs as well. The two major types of offence are indictable matters and summary matters.
These are serious matters that must be dealt with in the District Court or Supreme Court in QLD or NSW. Examples include murder, manslaughter, or major drug offences such as trafficking or supply.
These matters must be heard by a magistrate in a magistrate’s court. Examples include public nuisance, obstructing police, or minor stealing charges.
The Next Step
Regardless of the nature of the offence with which you’re charged, it’s important to exercise your right to remain silent. Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible can be a helpful step towards understanding your options. Brooke Winter Solicitors have a team of experienced lawyers who can travel to represent you, wherever you are in QLD.