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Author: Erin Mitchell

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Queensland’s COVID-19 home confinement restrictions

QUEENSLAND’S COVID-19 HOME CONFINEMENT, MOVEMENT AND GATHERING DIRECTION Further to our recent blog post, we thought we’d share some more information with you in relation to Queensland’s most recent Covid-19 Home Confinement, Movement and Gathering Direction and how it applies to you. Bear in mind that the laws are changing rapidly and open to interpretation. This is general information only and we recommend getting advice tailored to your particular circumstances. WHAT IS THE HOME CONFINEMENT REQUIREMENTS IN QUEENSLAND? A person who resides in Queensland must not leave their principal place of residenceexcept for, and only to the extent reasonably necessary to accomplish,...

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Did you know that you could get done drink driving on an electric scooter?

Article by Erin Mitchell, Senior Criminal Lawyer On Saturday 13 January 2019, a man in his 40s was intercepted by Police in Brisbane riding one of those new green electric scooters that you see parked around the Brisbane CBD. It is alleged the man was riding the scooter without a helmet and proceeded through a red light without stopping. When Police intercepted him, they breathalysed him and he returned a reading of 0.174% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The man was charged with driving under the influence – a high range drink driving offence, given the reading was over 0.15% BAC. Can this be correct? Can...

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Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court

Article by Erin Mitchell, Senior Criminal Lawyer Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court So many of our clients, and their families, ask if there is some type of penalty option where a person can be ordered to attend a rehab facility instead of jail and for a number of years, the answer has been “no”.  Today, 29 January 2019, marks one year since the Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court commenced in Brisbane. As defence lawyers, we were relieved to see such an important feature of our criminal justice system re-established. The Drug and Alcohol Court has a focus on assisting those persons who commit...

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