Have you been accused of committing a traffic offence?

Criminal Defence Expertise in Queensland

This firm defends people accused of vehicle-based offending

This firm defends people accused of vehicle-based offending


Traffic Offences

Anderson Legal defends individuals facing criminal allegations relating to traffic and vehicle-based offences.


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Traffic Offences

Anderson Legal defends individuals facing criminal allegations relating to traffic and vehicle-based offences.

On-Demand Resources

View our growing library of articles and webinars, which are accessible no matter the time of day or night.

Free Consultation

Anderson Legal provides a free, no-obligation consultation to understand whether this firm can assist you.

Traffic & Driving Offences

This firm defends individuals facing traffic offence allegations in Queensland.
Learn how this firm can assist with the following:

Traffic & Driving Offences

This firm defends individuals facing traffic offence allegations in Queensland.
Learn how this firm can assist with the following:

Traffic Offences: Criminal Defence

Anderson Legal advises and represents people charged with traffic and driving offences in Queensland. If you are dealing with an allegation relating to a traffic offence and need advice and representation, Anderson Legal offers comprehensive criminal defence services for its clients. This includes:

  • providing advice relating to allegations made or documents served on our clients;
  • identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the case alleged against our clients;
  • advising clients on options relating to obtaining evidence, including expert evidence;
  • communicating on behalf of its clients with police, courts, and others;
  • resolving, where appropriate, criminal charges through negotiation;
  • representing clients in trials and sentences before all courts; and,
  • filing and litigating appeals against wrongful convictions and unjust sentences.

This firm places an emphasis on providing clear guidance so that our clients are placed in a real position to make informed decisions about their options and the preferred path forward. Anderson Legal provides clear, transparent disclosure of its legal costs at every stage.

Traffic & Driving Offences
  • Careless driving
  • Careless driving causing GBH
  • Careless driving causing death
  • Dangerous operation of a vehicle
  • Dangerous driving causing GBH
  • Dangerous driving causing death
  • Drink driving charges
  • Drug driving charges
  • Unlicensed driving charged

Consequences of Charges and Convictions

Facing a criminal charge is incredibly stressful. It impacts reputations, relationships and livelihoods. Even for a person who knows themselves to be innocent, feeling the weight of an investigation or prosecution can be overwhelming. Beyond any punishment ordered by a court, there are many possible consequences for people accused of a crime, even before they are ever convicted.

Anderson Legal works to ensure the consequences of charges and convictions for its clients are minimised at every stage, where possible.

Common Adverse Consequences
  • Adverse publicity
  • Criminal record impacts
  • Domestic violence orders
  • Employment issues
  • Safety and security clearances
  • Visa and citizenship issues

Criminal Case Stages

Police Investigations

Cooperating with Police Right to Silence
Police Search Powers

Initial Court Stages

First Court Date Bail Applications
Case Conferencing

Possible Issues

Mental Health Issues Legal Arguments
Committal Proceedings Specialist Courts

Final Court Stages

Trials / Final Hearings Sentence Hearings
Charge Discontinuance Appeals


Expert Criminal Defence

Criminal defence work not only requires an understanding of criminal law and procedure, it requires the insight to know that if people cannot properly contest allegations, innocent people are condemned to unjust convictions and punishments. History provides countless examples of innocent people being wrongly accused of committing serious offences and prisoners being condemned to punishments that do not fit the crime.

Anderson Legal is a Brisbane-based law firm that has the expertise and proven experience to provide criminal defence services for individuals and businesses. If you need a trusted and respected criminal lawyer, there are many reasons why Anderson Legal should be your preferred choice:

  • Andrew Anderson, Legal Director, is an experienced lawyer who has been independently described by the Courier Mail as “one of the best legal minds” and a “leading corporate and white-collar crime lawyer” (16 December 2021).
  • Having successfully represented litigants in the High Court of Australia, Queensland Court of Appeal, Royal Commissions, and multiple other courts dealing with trials and other hearings, Andrew Anderson has a demonstrated record of success in complex and difficult cases.
  • Prior to operating a law firm, Andrew Anderson worked as a Principal Crown Prosecutor in Queensland and barrister in private practice at 8 Petrie Terrace Chambers in Brisbane. His depth of courtroom advocacy experience ranges from straightforward cases right through to complex homicide trials and appeals.
  • Anderson Legal is a law firm that is dedicated to the best ideals of the legal profession. Seeking to exceed client expectations and fighting for justice is an everyday pursuit.

The potential impact of a criminal charge on your reputation, relationships, livelihood, and liberty makes having a criminal defence lawyer who is equal to the task critical to ensuring a just outcome. If you have been accused of committing a traffic offence and need advice or representation, contact Anderson Legal.

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Jury TrialsThe Jury Act 1995 (Qld) and Criminal Code 1899 (Qld) set out a range of important procedures relevant to jury trials in Queensland. Having an understanding of jury trial procedures can assist defendants, witnesses and others to know what may occur during a criminal trial.Viewcourt-processestrials-sentences
Sentencing HearingsIn Queensland, the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld) sets out a range of sentencing guidelines, possible punishments and procedures relevant to sentencing hearings. Understanding the issues that are relevant to sentencing hearings and what influences outcomes is essential to avoiding unjust penalties and results.Viewcourt-processestrials-sentences
Evidence DisclosureIt is a fundamental to a fair trial that an accused person knows the particulars of the charge they face as well as the potential witnesses and evidence. Evidence disclosure is an essential part of the criminal justice system. Failure to disclose critical evidence can lead to miscarriages of justice, resulting in convictions being quashed.Viewcourt-processesevidence
Criminal AppealsA criminal appeal allows a person to appeal against their conviction or appeal against the severity of their sentence, in an attempt to overturn the result. Appeals often involve complex questions of law or fact. Unlike when the prosecution bears the onus of proof at trial, on appeal, the appellant must demonstrate error.Viewcourt-processescriminal-appeals
Police Seizure of EvidenceThe Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 (Qld) sets out the powers of police to retain, return, and forfeit property that is seized. Important rights exist for individuals and businesses to access seized property, as well as to seek its return through applications and court orders to lessen inconvenience and disruption.Viewpolice-investigationspolice-powers
Cooperating with PoliceSuspects in police investigations are often faced with a choice as to whether to cooperate with the police to any degree. Cooperation with law enforcement agencies can take many forms - it may be minimal and do little to assist the investigation or can involve extensive cooperation or ‘a deal’ that results in a significantly lighter sentence.Viewpolice-investigationscooperating-with-police
The Right to SilenceIn Queensland, the right to silence is recognised as important but it is not an absolute right. While often relevant to police suspects facing questioning, in some situations it can be an offence to not answer questions of a person in authority. In rare cases, unfavourable inferences may be drawn because a defendant remains silent.Viewpolice-investigationscooperating-with-police
WHSQ – Coercive PowersInspectors with Work Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) have powers that allow them to compel people to provide information and access to documents and other records, which they may seize. They may also compel people to answer their questions. Getting advice can be crucial to understanding your rights and obligations.Viewcoercive-investigations whswork-health-safety-queensland
CCC – Coercive PowersThe Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) is an independent agency in Queensland that has responsibility for combating major crime and corruption in Queensland. It has powers of surveillance, investigation and the use of coercive powers to gather intelligence, undertake investigations and manage enforcement proceedings.Viewcoercive-investigations corporate-crimecrime-corruption-commission
ASIC – Coercive PowersThe Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has coercive powers to compel the production of documents or other evidence relevant to an investigation. The powers are broad and non-compliance can have criminal consequences. Evidence obtained through such investigations may be used later in court proceedings.Viewcoercive-investigations corporate-crimeaustralian-securities-investments-commission
ACIC – Coercive PowersThe Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), still also referred to as the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), conducts secretive operations and investigations into serious criminal activity. It has the power to compel individuals to participate in examinations and to serve notices to produce documents and other information.Viewcoercive-investigations corporate-crimeaustralian-criminal-intelligence-commission
Industrial ManslaughterIndustrial manslaughter is a relatively new criminal offence in Queensland, having commenced on 23 October 2017. It targets business operators and senior officers in corporations who, through negligence, cause the death of a worker the course of carrying out their work. The maximum penalty is up to 20 years imprisonment.Viewcriminal-offences whshomicide-offences penalties-prosecutions
Unlawful Striking Causing DeathIn Queensland, punishment for unlawful striking causing death carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Introduced to target the prevalence of 'coward punch' deaths, it removes what were common defences in cases where it is alleged the person killed was struck to the head or neck.Viewcriminal-offenceshomicide-offences
ManslaughterManslaughter may be proved in a number of ways, such as by criminal negligence or a deliberate act. An unlawful killing that does not meet the definition of murder may be deemed manslaughter. In Queensland, punishment for manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.Viewcriminal-offenceshomicide-offences
Proceeds of CrimeProceeds of crime offences exist to make it unlawful to receive or possess property that is tainted by crime. While proceeds of crime laws are often used in relation to drug offences, their reach under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 (Qld) and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth) covers all types of serious criminal offences.Viewcriminal-offencesfraud-and-financial-crimes
FraudFraud is a serious criminal offence in Queensland, which may be punishable by actual imprisonment. The essential element of the charge is proof of 'dishonesty', which requires the prosecution to prove that what a defendant did was dishonest by the standards of ordinary honest people.Viewcriminal-offencesfraud-and-financial-crimes
ExtortionExtortion is a serious criminal offence, which may be punishable by actual imprisonment. While it is most commonly charged when threats of violence are used to blackmail a person to hand over property, other forms of coercion or intimidation can give rise to the offence of extortion in Queensland.Viewcriminal-offencesfraud-and-financial-crimes violent-offences
Centrelink FraudCentrelink fraud (sometimes referred to as 'Welfare Fraud' or 'Social Security Fraud') is regarded as a serious criminal offence in Australia, which is punishable by actual imprisonment. There are a number of different charges that may apply under the Commonwealth Criminal Code for cases of this kind.Viewcriminal-offencesfraud-and-financial-crimes
Drug Importation OffencesDrug importation offences under the Commonwealth Criminal Code can attract some of the highest penalties for drug offences in Australia, which generally reflects the commercial and coordinated efforts involved in such offences. The maximum penalty for importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs is life imprisonment.Viewcriminal-offencesdrug-offences
Possessing Dangerous DrugsFor a drug possession case in Queensland, the prosecution sets out to prove that (1) the person charged (2) unlawfully (4) possessed (5) a dangerous drug. Penalties vary considerably, from drug diversion orders in minor cases through to lengthy terms of imprisonment for serious cases of possessing dangerous drugs.Viewcriminal-offencesdrug-offences
Producing Dangerous DrugsProducing dangerous drugs is a serious criminal offence in Queensland. The definition of the word 'produce' in the Drugs Misuse Act (Qld) is extremely broad and allows individuals to be charged with producing a dangerous drug even though there may never be any dangerous drugs actually produced.Viewcriminal-offencesdrug-offences
Supplying Dangerous DrugsSupply dangerous drug charges a serious criminal offences in Queensland, which can be punishable by imprisonment. The definition of 'supply' in the Drugs Misuse Act (Qld) is extremely broad and allows individuals to be charged with supplying a dangerous drug even though there may never be a transaction or actual exchange of drugs.Viewcriminal-offencesdrug-offences
Drug TraffickingFor a drug trafficking case in Queensland, the prosecution sets out to prove that (1) the person charged (2) carried on the business of (3) unlawfully (4) trafficking in a (5) dangerous drug. In Queensland, the maximum penalty for carrying on the business of unlawful trafficking is 25 years' imprisonment.Viewcriminal-offencesdrug-offences
Attempted MurderFor an attempted murder case, the prosecution sets out to prove that the person charged unlawfully attacked or did something to another person with the intention of killing them, using means capable of doing so, but without death resulting. In Queensland, the maximum penalty for attempted murder is life imprisonment.Viewcriminal-offenceshomicide-offences violent-offences
Serious AssaultSerious assault is an offence in Queensland that is commonly charged when police officers are allegedly assaulted in the execution of their duties, the offence is also charged in other circumstances, such as in cases of assaults of elderly people or working corrective services officers.Viewcriminal-offencesviolent-offences
Grievous Bodily HarmIn Queensland, grievous bodily harm is an offence under section 320 of the Criminal Code 1899 (Qld). Suffering life threatening or permanent injuries are examples of grievous bodily harm. The offence is punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment and may be deemed a 'serious violent offence'.Viewcriminal-offencesviolent-offences
Common AssaultCommon assault is a criminal offence, which relates to the unlawful application of force, or threatened application of force in some circumstances, without consent. An assault is unlawful when it is not authorised, justified or excused. In Queensland, the offence of common assault has a maximum penalty of 3 years imprisonment.Viewcriminal-offencesviolent-offences
Unlawful WoundingUnlawful wounding is a serious criminal offence, often punishable by actual imprisonment. The word 'wounding' refers to a break of the true skin, often by a sharp object. A wound may be caused in any number of ways, such as by a knife or a bottle. The maximum penalty is 7 years imprisonment.Viewcriminal-offencesviolent-offences
Assault Occasioning Bodily HarmAssault occasioning bodily harm requires proof of an unlawful assault that caused bodily harm. The term 'bodily harm' refers to any bodily injury that interferes with health or comfort. The maximum penalty is 7 years' imprisonment, although if a circumstance of aggravation applies, it rises to a maximum of 10 years' imprisonment.Viewcriminal-offencesviolent-offences
Malicious Act With IntentMalicious act with intent is a serious criminal offence, generally punishable by actual imprisonment. In Queensland, it generally is charged in cases in which a serious injury has been caused by someone who intended to cause such a result. The maximum penalty for a charge of malicious act with intent is life imprisonment.Viewcriminal-offencesviolent-offences
MurderThere are multiple definitions of what constitutes murder in Queensland, including murder by intentional harm or through ‘reckless indifference’. In Queensland, punishment for murder carries mandatory life imprisonment with a current minimum non-parole period of at least 20 years imprisonment.Viewcriminal-offenceshomicide-offences

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Can We Help?

It costs nothing but time to see if we are the right firm for you case. Contact us to see if this firm can assist you.

This firm offers a ‘free consultation’. The reason is simple – it shouldn’t cost anything for a person to pick up the phone and understand if a particular law firm can help them or not. Anderson Legal takes the time necessary to understand the issues and to determine if we are in a real position to provide the standard of advice and representation you are entitled to expect.

Our Clients

Our clients make our practice. They are the ones we worry about each day, and to whom we owe a great obligation.

Our clients often have sought out Anderson Legal because they have been told something about expertise and experience. They put their faith and trust in the work of this firm. Professional reputation follows reality and not the other way around. Andrew Anderson, Legal Director, offers our clients a proven track record of success in complex and difficult cases across all court levels, including multiple appeals before the High Court of Australia.

Our Focus

Justice is best served by lawyers who are focused on their clients and not their competitors. The primary interest of this law firm is justice in the interests of its clients. Whilst we provide premium services at highly competitive rates, it is not about undercutting our competitors. It is simply a function of our real focus – you.

Cost Comparisons

Comparing lawyers is not just a question of price, but value. Backed by the experience of successful courtroom advocacy across Australia, this firm offers significant value to its clients beyond price.
It is notoriously difficult to compare lawyers. Past courtroom experience and outcomes achieved do provide some basis for comparison. Andrew Anderson has an enviable record of success in contested hearings, trials and appeals.

You may find other principal lawyers charge 50% (or more) above the hourly rates of the principal lawyer of this firm, but that may not be the most important measure of value. When you face a legal issue, particularly a complex one, there are other issues to consider.

As a lawyer who has achieved significant outcomes in a variety of contexts – as a Principal Crown Prosecutor, as a barrister, and as a law firm principal – Andrew Anderson brings a different level of experience to his advice and representation as compared to most solicitors. While he routinely works with leading Queens Counsel and other specialist barristers in complex cases, his significant experience in litigating and resolving disputes in cases throughout Australia means his clients have genuine expertise available from the start.

This firm may use several fee options, either exclusively or at various stages. The purpose is to make legal fees predictable, understandable, and transparent. Options include ‘fixed fee’ agreements, ‘capped’ legal costs, and agreements where the costs are calculated on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.

Entering into costs agreements that are understandable, and transparent allows this firm to remain focused on the outcomes our clients seek.

Our Referrals

If, unfortunately, we cannot provide you advice or representation, we will probably know who can.

The areas of law this practice handles are deliberately narrow and deep. Our deep focus on select areas of law allows this firm to handle some of the most complex and challenging cases that come before the courts.

It is not uncommon for this firm to receive enquiries we know will be better handled by others. In the interests of maintaining the highest standards, there are also occasions when cases we would otherwise welcome are declined to focus on existing clients’ needs. In such instances, we will try to identify who may be in a position to assist you.