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QLD Police Taken Hard Drive - Other Charges?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by tkotiau, 31 March 2015.

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  1. tkotiau

    tkotiau Member

    12 August 2014
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    The police have taken our computer hard drive to view a certain event that took place. Can they view other events and if so can they press charges?
  2. Tracy B

    Tracy B Well-Known Member

    24 December 2014
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    Hi tkotiau,

    First, was the police search and seizure of property valid? See "police search and seize powers".

    Second, if it was, the police are generally allowed to look through the hard drive in relation to that specific offence, as well as any other offences they have reasonable grounds of suspecting you to be involved in. Again, they may need a warrant to search for suspected offences.

    However, police may have wider powers depending on what offence they suspect you of. For example, money laundering officers have far-ranging search and seizure powers.

    If police believe they have enough evidence to charge you and wish to do so, they can press charges.

    If you are concerned about police having access to your whole hard drive, it is best to speak with a lawyer and get them to comb through every step of police conduct and see if there were any police irregularities present.

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