Arrest warrant issued for high-profile lawyer

A warrant has today been issued for the arrest of a high profile legal identity after he failed to turn up to court.

An arrest warrant was issued against Neil Lawler today for failing to appear in court.

Lawler, half of the contested Lawler Magill criminal law firm, was due to stand before the Brisbane Magistrates Court Tuesday for violating a community-based injunction requirement.

Neil Lawler couldn’t show up in court. Image: Claudia Baxter

He was listed to appear at 9 a.m. and, if he had not arrived that afternoon, an arrest warrant was issued against him under the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act.

It comes after Lawler was caught behind the wheel of his parked car in Maroochydore Magistrates Court last year with a blood alcohol level of 0.270 percent – more than five times the legal limit.

He pleaded guilty in March last year to being responsible for a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. He was sentenced to 12 months probation and 100 hours of community service.

Attorney Neil Lawler pictured in court last March.  Image: AAP / Attila Csaszar

Attorney Neil Lawler pictured in court last March. Image: AAP / Attila Csaszar

His driver’s license was disqualified for 15 months and a conviction was recorded against him.

At the time, Lawler told the court that he was “deeply ashamed” of the incident and that he had no intention of driving but rather leaving the car to charge his phone and look for somewhere to stay for the night.

Lawler now faces a single charge of violating a community-based order requirement based on his previous verdict last year.

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