Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers

Social media executives may be jailed and their companies fined billions of dollars if they fail to remove terrorist material

Social media executives may be jailed and their companies fined billions of dollars if they fail to remove terrorist material

Could social media be accountable for the spread of terrorism?Social media executives may be jailed and their companies fined billions of dollars if they fail to remove terrorist material, like the Christchurch massacre live stream, under proposed new laws. The Australian Government is pledging to introduce the Bill to Parliament next week after the tragic loss of 50 victims in Christchurch massacre. Google’s sister company, YouTube enjoyed revenue of 192.7 billion during 2018 and could be liable to pay up to 10...

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ICE…It’s about to get a whole lot harder. The melting pot of crystal methamphetamine

ICE…It’s about to get a whole lot harder. The melting pot of crystal methamphetamine

The cracks are in the ice It has been twelve months since the last ‘Ice’ enquiry  (Letters Patent dated 28 November 2018 appointed by Professor Dan Howard SC  as Commissioner. And now there is to be a new enquiry. What is this enquiry for? In simple terms this enquiry may strengthen NSW’s response to ice and illicit amphetamine type stimulants (‘ATS’), this would include law enforcement, raise awareness of the effect of the drug and look into treatment and rehabilitation in order to eradicate this addiction and...

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Is it a crime for a dog to excessively bark?

Is it a crime for a dog to excessively bark?

If a neighbour’s dog is excessively barking day and night, there are ways to reduce the noise or to fix the problem. There is no crime against dogs barking excessively, however, there is a process that should be followed, and if the owners do not comply, then they could face a fine and have their dog taken away by the RSPCA.  We suggest to talk to the owner first rather than marching straight up to your local council, because your neighbour may not realise their dog is bothering you, especially if they are away...

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Is pushing someone classed as assault

Is pushing someone classed as assault

Even the slightest use of force can be considered assault if it creates an apprehension of fear of an imminent harmful or offensive contact.  Seemingly physical actions such as pushing a person or grabbing them by their clothes can qualify as domestic violence if it engenders fear or is considered offensive to the victim. Can you sue someone for slapping or pushing you? Even if you are acquitted of criminal charges for assaulting another, you can still be sued in the civil courts under the intentional tort...

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Would a criminal record stop you from doing drugs?

Would a criminal record stop you from doing drugs?

If you are a first-time offender and have been arrested for possessing drugs you could be given a criminal record and a fine. If you are a first-time offender and have been arrested for possessing drugs, you could end up with a criminal record. Some Magistrates are deciding to hand out criminal convictions rather that a Community Release Order (“CRO”) without conviction (formally section 10) to make an example out of  offenders committing multiple drug possession crimes. A CRO allows a Court to discharge  an...

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Can I go to jail for shoplifting

Can I go to jail for shoplifting

Shoplifting is a criminal offence and the crime is Larceny. The maximum penalty for larceny is ten years imprisonment, however where the goods taken are valued under $2,000 the maximum penalty is two years imprisonment. The police must prove however, that you committed the offence… The accused wrongfully took and carried away;The personal goods of another;With the intention of permanently depriving the owner of such property; andWithout his or her consent. It will be necessary for...

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What happens if I don’t renew my CTP Green Slip Insurance?

What happens if I don’t renew my CTP Green Slip Insurance?

Your registration and CTP Green Slip are inextricably linked. You must have a CTP Green Slip policy in place before your registration is valid, but your car needs to be registered in order for your CTP insurance to be valid. It is very easy to drive your car and not realise that the rego is overdue. If you get pulled over by police, you may receive a large fine. However, you could get involved in a motor accident resulting in someone ending up being seriously injured or even killed. There would not only be...

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What happened to section 10? What is a CRO?

What happened to section 10? What is a CRO?

Dont’t worry, they haven’t been abolished, simply had a name change. What used to be a section 10 ( A non conviction order, is now a community release order without conviction (CRO). A CRO  (Section 10) dismisses someone’s charges without proceeding to conviction. What is a CRO? (section 10) ? A CRO allows a Court that finds you guilty of an offence, to discharge you without recording a conviction. Because there is no conviction, there is no criminal record. (Criminal Records Act 1991) Does a CRO...

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Can I put my luggage on a spare seat on the train?

Can I put my luggage on a spare seat on the train?

Most people have done this at least once in their life, but it is in fact punishable by a fine. You are not permitted to have your suit case on a spare seat on a train in NSW. You are expected to put the luggage in the allocated space for bags. Yes, we agree with you, what space? Either way you may receive a fine if the carriage is inspected. Also if you ever wanted to carry a plant pot on a TrainLink regional train, think again, here are the rules taken from...

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Can I drive with my arm out of the window and can I cycle with no hands?

Can I drive with my arm out of the window and can I cycle with no hands?

The answer is no. Riding a bike with ‘no hands’ is illegal Australia-wide. All states in Australia have the same laws that when cycling, cyclists must always keep a minimum of one hand on the handlebars at all times. If a police officer catches you doing so then you could receive a heavy fine.You cannot have a part of your body projecting out of a vehicle says the Australian road rules. For example, waving out of the window or a sunroof you could receive a fine. However, don’t think that sticking your arm out of...

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Can you leave your child at home alone?

Can you leave your child at home alone?

There’s no law in Australia that states what age you can or can’t leave your child at home alone without supervised care. A parent, family or child minder having care of a child under 12 years old, cannot lawfully leave a child alone for an unreasonable amount of time, without making provisions for the supervision of the child during that time. Most importantly, you need to address if your child can be by him or herself independently without your care. This can be considered a misdemeanor or in some extreme...

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Can I swear at a police officer?

Can I swear at a police officer?

The answer is No, you cannot swear at a police officer. Offensive language is a chargeable offence. Most of the time police will charge this along with other more serious offences. In NSW, foul and offensive language carries a maximum penalty fine of 6 penalty units, Currently, 1 penalty unit equals to $110. Offensive language to a police officer can still result in a conviction and criminal record. How can the police prove it? To convict you of swearing, the police must prove that you were within view...

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