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Yes, if you have been charged with an offence then you should get legal advice.
A lawyer can:
Legal Aid Queensland provides free legal advice, and you can call us on 1300 65 11 88 for the cost of a local call. If it is appropriate in your circumstances, a customer service officer will give you legal information and make an appointment for you to talk with one of our Legal Aid lawyers. You can talk with the lawyer over the phone or visit one of our offices and talk with them face-to-face.
If you are charged with an offence, we recommend that you obtain a copy of your QP9 before contacting Legal Aid. The QP9 is a written summary of the police version of why you were charged and what happened. To get a copy of the QP9 you can ask the police prosecutor to show it to you on your first mention date, or ask the duty lawyer to get a copy for you and to read it to you.
If you were unable to collect your QP9 at your first court date, you should apply to the police/prosecutions office for your QP9. You will need to present photo identification and a written request to the police prosecutor. Contact your local police station if you are unsure where to apply.
If your QP9 is not provided to Legal Aid, this may limit the amount of advice we can provide you.
You may have your own lawyer, but if not, you can find one by:
Contact your local community legal centre Community legal centres provide free legal help. They can usually only provide legal advice. To find out where your closest centre is, call Legal Aid Queensland on 1300 65 11 88.
A duty lawyer works in most magistrates courts and can:
The duty lawyer can’t:
Ring the courthouse to find out if a duty lawyer will be available when you go to court.
When you arrive at the courthouse, ask at the front counter or look for the duty lawyer’s room.