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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're arrested you may be able to apply for bail, but if granted bail you may have to make your own travel arrangements to attend court where the warrant was issued. If you don't apply for bail or are refused bail, you may be remanded in custody and transported to the courthouse.
You should get legal advice if you're arrested in Queensland for an offence committed in another state or if you've committed an offence in another state and have come to Queensland.
Yes. If you break the law in one state and then go interstate before you go to court, a warrant for your arrest may issue and this can be enforced in another state. For example, if you break the law in New South Wales and then come to Queensland, a warrant for your arrest may be prepared in NSW but you may be arrested in Queensland. Remember that a warrant stays in force until you are arrested, even if it has been issued in another state.
Yes. If you are arrested in Queensland you will be taken before a Queensland court. When you go before the court in Queensland, the magistrate can do a number of things, but usually the magistrate must make an order for you to return to the state where the warrant was prepared as soon as possible. You may be able to apply for bail and make your own travel arrangements to attend the interstate court, or you may be remanded in custody and transported to the interstate court. This process, where you are sent by a magistrate in a court in one state to a court in another state for the interstate court to decide what will happen is called extradition.
Yes. If you have been sentenced in another state and then abscond to Queensland before completing that sentence, then you can be arrested on the warrant in Queensland and taken before the Court. The Magistrate may make an order that you return to the custody of the state that is seeking your extradition. The Magistrate cannot grant bail in this matter.
You should talk to a lawyer for legal advice as soon as possible if you:
We may advice about extradition.
The following services may also be able to provide you with legal advice and help.
Community legal centres—many Community Legal Centres give free legal advice and information on criminal law. Contact them to find out if they can help with your matter.
Queensland Law Society can refer you to a specialist private solicitor for advice or representation on criminal law matters.
These organisations may also be able to help. They don't give legal advice.
Queensland courts provide information for people going to court (defendants and witnesses) and general information about the different types of courts in Queensland, eg Magistrates, District, Supreme, Mental Health Court, Childrens court, Coroners court, and more.