Expert legal representation in corruption investigations and CCC hearings.

We help you navigate complex corruption matters through careful strategy and expert legal assistance.

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Expert legal representation in corruption investigations and CCC hearings.

We help you navigate complex corruption matters through careful strategy and expert legal assistance.

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The CCC often issue summons to individuals to further their investigations.

The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) is an official institution established to combat and mitigate serious crime and corruption within the public sector of Queensland. Under the Crime and Corruption Act 2001, the CCC is empowered to supervise and investigate the police and public sector in Queensland, as well as to protect witnesses.

The Crime and Corruption Act 2001 (QLD) outlines the privileges and obligations of a witness who has been summoned to attend a ‘crime investigation hearing’ at the CCC. It is essential to be mindful of the potential consequences of any non-compliance.

If you are summonsed to attend the CCC as a witness and require legal guidance or representation, we will provide you with a thorough understanding of your rights and obligations.

From initial investigations to star chambers, we provide expert advice.

If you are being investigated for corruption or have been summonsed to answer questions by the Crime and Corruption Commission, we will provide expert legal representation in this unique area of law.

We are the leading experts in the legal representation of public officials in corruption investigations and proceedings.  We represent clients in this area on an almost daily basis.

Almost all investigations of this nature expose you to the real prospect of imprisonment and in some instances the loss of superannuation entitlements.

Criminal Code Offences

  • Section 87 – Official Corruption – is an offence classified as a crime with a general maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment which increases to 14 years imprisonment if the person holds office as a minister.
  • Section 92 – Abuse of Process – is an offence classified as a misdemeanour which carries a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment.
  • Section 92A – Misconduct in Public Office – is an offence classified as a crime which carries a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment.  Since this offence was introduced in Queensland in 2009, we have represented in excess of 50 clients for this offence without any client being convicted.
  • Section 120 – Judicial Corruption – is an offence classified as a crime which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.
  • Section 121 – Official Corruption (not judicial) – is an offence classified as a crime which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.

Public Officers Superannuation Benefits Recovery Act 1988

If you are convicted of an offence pursuant to section 87, 120, 121 or an indictable offence where you receive or attempt to receive any property or benefit personally or for another, and you will be influenced or affected in the exercise of the functions or powers of a public office, the crown can make application to the Supreme Court for repayment of a sum, considered by the judge to be just and equitable, from your publicly funded superannuation entitlements.

The Crime and Corruption Commission possess special powers of investigation which require people to attend upon them in secret to answer questions. If you are summonsed and disclose your attendance at the proceeding or refuse to co-operate and answer questions, serious penalties (including imprisonment) apply.

These proceedings are colloquially referred to as ‘star chambers’.

Traditional legal principles such a privilege against self-incrimination (the right to remain silent) do not apply.

If summonsed it is imperative you seek immediate legal advice. We are leading experts in this field of law.

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“I could not be happier with the outcome Calvin and his team achieved for my son and myself. As two people who had never been in trouble with the law before, we were shocked when we were both charged with serious assault and wilful damage.

Calvin understood the faults in the prosecution case immediately and through rigorous advocacy and legal strategy, he got the charges withdrawn and costs were awarded in our favour against prosecutions. I highly recommend Gnech and Associates.”

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