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QLD Assault Charge - What Happens if I Miss a Court Date?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by Loulou123, 8 May 2015.

  1. Loulou123

    Loulou123 Member

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    Hi everyone, I'm a backpacker 6 months into my visa in Australia. I had an incident back in January where I pushed a girl in a bar and I got arrested for assault & re entering a licensed premises. I've been to court twice already and pled guilty for assault, not guilty for re entering. There's now a 3rd court date for my sentenceing - not sure when that is as I've had no mail regarding this, but im going to a different State very shortly to carry on with my travels.

    What will happen if I miss the court date?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Anubis

    Anubis Well-Known Member

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    Contact the registry. Be proactive and don't make the system come to you. It has a way of making the outcome worse.
     
  3. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

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    No, I don't think you are.
    I think you're staying in Queensland.
    Depending on the charge, you can be convicted in your absence; or
    an order (called a "warrant") can be issued for your immediate arrest
    (anywhere in Australia, and, with a bit of effort, anywhere in the world)
    to bring you before the court; and/or your passport can have a warning
    attached to your passport to prevent you from leaving Australia.
     
  4. Loulou123

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    Im currently in sydney heading to queensland in a few weeks. Thanks for the comments guys. Very helpful
     

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