Police warn: Schoolies could be charged as adults

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.


“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.”