22 Oct

Increased penalties for QLD Stock Offences

stock penaltiesThe minimum fines for stock offences have increased from $200 to $1100 per animal or the value of the animal, whichever is the higher amount.

Other amendments to the legislation will benefit investigating authorities and primary producers by:

  1. Empowering police to effectively investigate stock crime by extending stock-related search warrant durations from 7 to 21 days
  2. Modernising evidentiary requirements in stock offence prosecutions
  3. Maintaining the ability of police to immediately return cattle to victims of crime where there is no dispute as to ownership
  4. Streamlining the disposal process where there is a dispute as to ownership, allowing the stock to be sold pending an order from the Court to distribute the funds at the conclusion of proceedings
  5. Under the new laws, the Court can order the return of cattle when stock has strayed onto a person’s property and the land owner refuses to move the cattle,” he said.

If you are being charged with a stock offence and require legal representation, call Gatenby Criminal Law on (07) 5580 0120 or contact us immediately.