Johnny Depp’s Partner Amber Heard Issued Summons For Bringing Dogs Illegally Into Australia

Johnny Depp’s Yorkshire terriers Boo and Pistol were spotted at Happy Dogz groomers on the Gold Coast in May. (Supplied: Happy Dogz)

Johnny Depp’s wife, actress Amber Heard, has been charged over a biosecurity breach after illegally bringing dogs Boo and Pistol into Australia on a private jet and is due in a Queensland court in September.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions issued a summons against Heard.

She has been charged with two counts of illegal importation contrary to the quarantine act and one count of producing a false document.

Penalties include fines of up to $100,000 or up to 10 years imprisonment. Continue reading Johnny Depp’s Partner Amber Heard Issued Summons For Bringing Dogs Illegally Into Australia

Q&A With Senior Criminal Lawyer, Rebecca Fogerty

Rebecca Fogerty has a particular closeness to College. Her firm is just above The College of Law Queensland campus at 140 Ann Street. Across from the courts, we frequently see Rebecca in the lift racing off to court or glued to her mobile phone.

Following Practical Legal Training (PLT) with The College of law, Rebecca waited the five years and then immediately applied for and was granted Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation in Criminal Law. Subsequently she was accepted onto the Queensland Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee.

She has volunteered at the Caxton Street Legal Centre; one of the busiest inner city community legal centres and has a continuing interest in human rights law, therapeutic approaches to legal practice and social justice. Continue reading Q&A With Senior Criminal Lawyer, Rebecca Fogerty

Potts Lawyers Successfully Obtain Leave to Appear Before High Court

Tony Keim | From:The Courier-Mail | October 05, 2012 9:58AM

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DAY IN COURT: The Finks will have their case against Queensland’s anti-bikie laws heard in the High Court. (File image) Source:The Courier-Mail

AUSTRALIA’S highest court has granted Finks bikies the right to challenge the validity of controversial Queensland anti-gang laws being used to have them declared a criminal organisation. Continue reading Potts Lawyers Successfully Obtain Leave to Appear Before High Court

Teen thief hospitalised, victim investigated for assault

Marissa Calligeros | The Brisbane Times
July 4, 2011 – 2:23PM

Teenager allegedly bashed by victim

A teenager winds up in intensive care after allegedly being chased and bashed after trying to break into the garage of a Nerang home.

A leading criminal defence lawyer says it unlikely a teenager who chased down a younger teen after catching him trying to steal his pushbike will be charged.

However, his victim may face criminal charges over the botched break in.

The 13-year-old boy is in a stable condition in hospital after being caught trying to break into the garage of a Nerang house to steal a pushbike about 10pm on Friday alongside two friends, police said.

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The trio were disturbed by a 16-year-old boy, who then chased them down the street, before catching the younger teen.

The 13-year-old was later taken to the Gold Coast Hospital with serious injuries, but his condition has since stabilised.

Gold Coast lawyer Bill Potts said there was a clear line between self-defence and retribution, but the 16-year-old may escape criminal charges, as he is considered a juvenile under Queensland law.

“If an adult had done the same thing he would very swiftly find himself arrested for assault,” he said.

“The court and the law requires that people only use reasonable force. It does not entitle us or enable us to inflict harm on people.”

Mr Potts warned that residents can only physically defend their property as far as the driveway or back fence.

“The criminal code makes it very clear that people are entitled to defend their own property to the extent that it is reasonably necessary,” he said.

“If someone has invaded your house in the middle of the night then you can use sufficient force to repel them, to disenable them and get them away from your property.

“The duty of any person in those circumstances is to report it to call the police, perhaps follow them to identify them, but under no circumstances is it justified to effectively assault someone once the need to the defend the property and themselves is over.

“The idea of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth is the rule of the jungle, it’s not the rule for Queensland.”

A police spokesman said officers from the Gold Coast Child Protection Investigation Unit were investigating an alleged assault.

“We’ve spoken with the boy and his family, but they have not yet made a formal complaint,” he said.

“The CPIU will speak with the family today.”

It is not clear whether the two teens knew each other before the incident.

Lawyer Shark Enters The Brisbane Pool

2 February 2010 | by The New Lawyer |

Ships may be sinking and clients drowning, but a prominent lawyer has entered the pool hoping to make a splash in the Brisbane market.

Queensland’s largest private criminal law firm, Potts Lawyers, opened this month in Brisbane after 29 years on the Gold Coast.

The firm, lead by legal heavyweight Bill Potts, was attracted by the crackdown and prosecution of “cowboys” involved in illegal financial service practices through the global financial crisis. Continue reading Lawyer Shark Enters The Brisbane Pool

Potts Lawyers Brisbane Office Opens!

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(Courier Mail, 8 January 2010)

Flamboyant Gold Coast lawyer Bill Potts opened a Brisbane office this week with plans to expand the base of his already large criminal practice.

Mr Potts, 52, who is well known for his colourful ties and fine turn of phrase, has been involved in some of the biggest criminal cases in the past three decades.

He will retain his Gold Coast office while gradually building his Brisbane work. Continue reading Potts Lawyers Brisbane Office Opens!