GOLD Coast schoolies are being warned by police they could be charged as adults under Queensland law.
Police say Queensland courts often treat 17-year-olds as adults for some offences, including drugs or violent assaults.
Acting Chief Superintendent Des Lacy told the ABC a number of schoolies believe 18 is when the will be charged as an adult.
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“For many things it is, but in Queensland 17 is an adult in the eyes of the court if you offend against the law, so a lot of 17-year-olds will find themselves in the adult court,” he told the ABC
“I think it’s an attitude of a lot of young people [that] they go through school and they feel the school protects them, so when they commit the schoolyard assaults, they think that that’s only going to be dealt with as a school issue.
“What they don’t realise is it’s a criminal offence and you can be charged, whether you’re a school person or not. They leave school and they think they’re untouchable.”