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Drink Driving Offences in Queensland

Driving with blood-alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit is a serious offence in Queensland. Conviction can result in heavy fines as well as licence suspension, licence disqualification, potentially probation, community service, or even gaol time. It doesn’t...

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Animal Cruelty: The Law in Queensland

WHILE cruelty or neglect of an animal can have serious consequences for a family pet, it can also carry penalties as serious as those issued by a court for assaulting a human. In Queensland, animal welfare is governed by the Animal Care and Protection Act, which is...

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Tracking Devices: An Update to Bail In Queensland

Bail is at the end of the day a cornerstone of our justice system and something that the Court takes very seriously. Simply put bail is a written promise by a person to come back to court, as and when directed, and to comply with any conditions the court may impose in...

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The Drug and Alcohol Court

On the 24th day of October 2017 the Queensland Government passed the Penalties and Sentences (Drug and Alcohol Treatment Orders) and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. The Bill was introduced into Parliament on the 10th day of August 2017...

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Client Acquitted on Double Murder

Howden Saggers Lawyers acted for former soldier Christopher Carter at his double murder trial in the Supreme Court at Brisbane. We briefed Melbourne’s Queens Counsel, David Brustman QC to defend Mr Carter. Prior to trial, Mr Carter had been in custody since his...

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The Mental Health Act

In March 2017, the Mental Health Act 2016 came into effect. A Magistrates Court may dismiss a complaint for a simple offence if the court is reasonably satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that the person charged with the offence was or appears to have been of...

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