If googling a query, make sure any website you check is based in Queensland and has been updated recently as the law may be different between states and can change regularly.
Updated August 2019
Legal practitioners cannot provide advice prior to the committing of an offence. Should you wish to conduct your own research first check through this website that your question hasn’t been answered. Then check:
If you are still struggling to find an answer to your question, you could try searching through legislation but note that the way words are interpreted in legislation is not necessarily using their ordinary meaning. In Australia there are different types of law that operate together and interrelate. Statute law is the law passed by Parliaments into Acts or other legislation. Case law, or common law, is the law that develops over time from outcomes reached in court. This law can be developed entirely outside statute, for example there are some common law defences that do not exist in statute. Otherwise, cases will interpret statute and add to or change the way it is read. This means you can’t just read a piece of legislation or section of an Act and necessarily understand what it means.
Some useful legislation to look at may be:
Criminal Code Act - sets out many (but not all) of the criminal offences in Qld
Summary Offences Act - sets out more minor (summary) offences
Acts are often supported by Regulations of the same name.
You can search for case law at:
Magistrates Court decisions
District Court decisions
Supreme Court decisions
Court of Appeal
High Court of Australia
Decisions reached in higher courts are more authoritative than those made in lower courts.