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Tattooing Minor Prohibited

Public Order Offences – QLD

Welcome to the QLD Tattooing Minor Prohibited article page. Everything you need to know about Tattooing Minor Prohibited according to QLD law – Dated: 09/01/2009

What the Law States according to QLD Law for Tattooing Minor Prohibited

According to QLD Law for the charge of Tattooing Minor Prohibited:

Sections 19 of the Summary Offences Act Queensland states:

A person must not perform a tattoo on a minor.

In this section

Tattooing means

(a) means the process of penetrating a person’s skin and inserting into it colour pigments to make a permanent mark. Pattern or design on the skin; and

(b) includes any process that penetrates the skin and inserts into it colour pigments to make a semipermanent mark, pattern or design on the skin including for example

(i) the process known as cosmetic tattooing; or

the process for applying semi-permanent make-up.

The Maximum Penalty – Tattooing Minor Prohibited

According to QLD Law for the charge of Tattooing Minor Prohibited:

The maximum penalty for this offence is

(a) 40 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment.

What the Police must prove according to QLD Law for Tattooing Minor Prohibited

In order for the Police to prove their case at Court, they must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt.

  1. The accused tattooed performed a tattoo; and
  2. Knew the person was a minor.

It will be necessary for the Police in every offence to prove that the accused was the person who committed the offence.

Possible Defences under QLD Law – Tattooing Minor Prohibited

Possible defences to this offence include but are not limited to

  1. The accused had a reasonable and mistaken belief that the person on whom they were performing the tattoo was an adult.
  2. Identification-they did not perform the tattoo.

In QLD which court will hear the matter – Tattooing Minor Prohibited

This matter is a simple offence which means it is dealt with in the Magistrates Court.

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