20 Illegal things NOT to do in Queensland – You might be surprised!

What do you mean it’s illegal to do that?! 

There are thousands of laws in force across Queensland.

Although we are aware of the popular offences such as stealing, assault or running a red light – there are many other obscure offences that may catch us off guard.

From turning off your indicator too early or smoking within 10 metres of a skate park– there are many actions that Queenslanders might find surprising.

Our criminal law team have put together a list of 20 interesting laws you might not even know existed.


Penalties correct as of February 2021

Traffic Offences 

  1. Driving when an image from a television or device is visible to the driver or likely to distract another driver 
  1. Turning off your indicator too early when on a round about
    • Penalty: 2 demerit points, $75 fine
  1. Failing to have your lights on at night or in hazardous conditions
  1. Overtaking too closely
  1. Tailgating
  1. Unnecessarily revving your engine
  1. Failing to stop for a yellow light
    • Penalty: 3 Demerit points, $378 fine


Smoking Related Offences 

  1. Smoking within 10 metres of skate parks
  1. Smoking at any outdoor pedestrian malls


Criminal Offences 

  1. Helping a friend escape arrest by police
  1. Blocking train tracks
  1. Spitting on a police officer
  1. Leaving a child under the age of 12 unattended
    • Penalty: Maximum of 3 Years imprisonment


Summary Offences 

  1. Urinating in a park or garden
  1. Tattooing a person under the age of 18
  1. Advertising a reward for the return of stolen property and indicating that no questions will be asked.
    • Penalty: Maximum fine of $252.30
  1. Throwing objects at a sporting event
  1. Behaving in a disorderly, offensive, violent or threatening manner in a public place
  1. Selling spray paint to persons under the age of 18
  1. Being intoxicated in a public place


Caught by surprise for an illegal charge? 

Our criminal defense lawyers can assist you. Call us today and speak with our client engagement team for an appointment.