Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
What is the Legal Drinking Age? (Qld)
The legal drinking age in Queensland is 18. There are numerous criminal offences in Queensland that relate to supplying alcohol to a person under 18 or allowing a person under 18 to be on licensed premises or to possess or consume alcohol. These offences can result in fines of up to $ 33,362.5. An underage person who is found on licensed premises without a parent or guardian can also be fined up to $ 3,336.25.
In Queensland, the Liquor Act 1992 regulates the sale of alcohol and its consumption on licensed premises. Its stated aims are to minimise harm from alcohol abuse and the adverse health and other effects of alcohol while regulating and fostering the development of the liquor and hospitality industries.
The Liquor Act establishes various offences relating to allowing underage persons to drink alcohol. These offences are punishable by fines only. However, the amount of the fine can be very high especially where the person responsible for allowing the underage person to drink is a licensee or permittee under the Liquor Act.
Minors not allowed on licensed premises
A person who is below the legal drinking age must not be on licensed premises and must not drink alcohol or be in possession of alcohol on licensed premises. A fine of up to 25 penalty units applies.
There are, however, several exceptions to this rule.
A minor who is accompanied by a parent or guardian is permitted to drink on licensed premised so long as they are responsibly supervised by their parent or guardian.
A minor who is employed at licensed premises is allowed to be on the premises and a minor who lives on the premises is also allowed to be on the premises.
Alcohol is not allowed to be sold to a minor
Section 155A of the Liquor Act states that a person must not sell liquor to a person who is below the legal drinking age and imposes a maximum penalty of a fine of 250 penalty units for a licensee, permittee or manager of licensed premises who does so and a maximum fine of 80 penalty units for anyone else who does so.
Alcohol is not to be supplied to minors on licensed premises
Section 156 of the Liquor Act provides that a person must not supply alcohol to a minor or permit alcohol to be supplied to or consumed by a person who has not reached the legal drinking age on premises that hold a liquor license or permit.
The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of 250 penalty units for a licensee or permittee or manager of premises and a fine of 80 penalty units for any other person.
Alcohol not to be supplied to minors in private place
Under section 156A, it is an offence to supply a minor with alcohol at a private place unless you are the minor’s parent or guardian.
A responsible adult for a minor must not supply alcohol to a minor in a private place in a way that is not consistent with the responsible supervision of the young person. Whether the supply of alcohol is consistent with the young person’s responsible supervision is to be determined based on the young person’s age, whether the adult is intoxicated, whether the young person is intoxicated, the amount of alcohol consumed and other factors.
The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of 80 penalty units.
The Liquor Act also makes it an offence to make false representations about one’s age, by claiming to be over 18. This is punishable by a fine of up to 25 penalty units (currently $3,336.25).
It is an offence to make or provide fake identification that serves as a proof of age document in order to allow a person who is not of the legal drinking age to obtain alcohol. This offence can attract a fine of up to 40 penalty units for an adult and up to 25 penalty units for a minor.
If fake ID is used by a minor trying to obtain alcohol, or genuine ID is used wrongfully, the person the ID is presented to is required to seize the ID and provide it to an investigator under the Liquor Act.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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