Amber Heard Dog-Smuggling Case: Could She Really Go to Prison?

Amber Heard might be able to make good on her promise to “avoid the Land Down Under,” despite her Aussie legal troubles.

The actress has been summoned to the Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland on Sept. 7 to answer for her alleged dog-smuggling crimes – but she could avoid the court appearance if she pleads guilty, according to a legal expert.

Johnny Depp's Wife Amber Heard Charged with Illegally Importing the Couple's Dogs into Australia

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s dog drama escalated this week after prosecutors announced the actress has been charged with smuggling the couple’s two Yorkshire terriers into Australia in May.

Heard was charged Tuesday with two counts of illegally importing the pups, Pistol and Boo, into the country and one count of producing a false document, a spokesman for the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions confirmed to PEOPLE.

She has been issued a summons to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland on Sept. 7.

Amber Heard Opens Up About Coming Out as Bisexual in Hollywood: 'I Don't Want to Have to Deny My Sexuality in Order to Be Me'

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Amber Heard has been honest and open about her sexuality for years, although it wasn’t always easy as an actress on the rise.

Amber Heard Says Marriage To Johnny Depp Has Been 'A Fairly Organic Process'

In Magic Mike XXL, Amber Heard keeps Channing Tatum on his toes, but in real life, the star describes married life with Johnny Depp as just a natural progression.

Johnny Depp Could Face Up to 10 Years in Prison for Bringing Dogs into Australia

Johnny Depp could be facing jail time over his decision to illegally bring his two dogs into Australia.

An Australian Senate committee was told on Monday that if the matter goes to court and the Pirates of the Caribbean star is found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in jail or a maximum fine of $265,000.

Johnny Depp's Dogs Leave Australia to Avoid Being Put Down

Johnny Depp’s dogs have fled Australia, having been ordered out by the country’s most outspoken spokesman.

Barnaby Joyce, the Australian Minister of Agriculture, announced via Twitter on Friday morning that the actor’s dogs Pistol and Boo have been relocated out of the country after he threatened to euthanize the animals, which Depp and wife Amber Heard flew into Australia illegally.

Johnny Depp Has Two Days to Get His Dogs Out of Australia, or They May Be Put Down

Johnny Depp has conquered all foes as Jack Sparrow, but now he faces a daunting new adversary – the agriculture minister of Australia, who has threatened the actor’s dogs, in no uncertain terms, after Depp allegedly brought them into the country illegally.

Is Ryan Adams Dating Someone New?

Has Ryan Adams moved on?

While a source told PEOPLE that the singer is dating Amber Heard’s younger sister, Whitney, a rep for Adams says “it’s totally not true. Not a shred of truth to this rumor.”

Adams, 40, and his ex Mandy Moore, 30, officially announced their split two months ago.

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Inside Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's Private Island Wedding Ceremony (PHOTOS)

Here come Mr. and Mrs. Depp!

After legally tying the knot at his Los Angeles home Tuesday, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard headed to his private island in the Bahamas for a second wedding celebration Saturday.