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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

Criminal Law, Miscellaneous, Recent Cases

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 […]

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Is pushing someone classed as assault?

Is pushing someone classed as assault?

Assault, Criminal Law, Recent Cases

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 […]

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Can I go to jail for shoplifting?

Can I go to jail for shoplifting?

Assault, Criminal Law, Recent Cases

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 […]

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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?

Criminal Law, Recent Cases, Traffic Law

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 […]

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What happened to section 10? What is a CRO?

What happened to section 10? What is a CRO?

Criminal Law, Recent Cases, Section 10

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 […]

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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?

Criminal Law, Recent Cases

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 […]

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Can you leave your child at home alone?

Can you leave your child at home alone?

Criminal Law, Recent Cases

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 […]

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Can I swear at a police officer?

Can I swear at a police officer?

Criminal Law, Recent Cases, Section 10

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 […]

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Can you use your mobile phone as a navigation device in NSW?

Can you use your mobile phone as a navigation device in NSW?

Criminal Law, Recent Cases, Traffic Law

Can you use your mobile phone as a navigation device in NSW? It is obvious that using your mobile phone in your car is illegal and can result in fines, points and loss of licence. But what are the terms of using Sat Nav and maps on your mobile phone whilst driving in NSW? The […]

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Actual Bodily Harm

Criminal Law, Miscellaneous, Recent Cases

Actual Bodily Harm Assault occasioning actual bodily harm is a type of common assault and is considered as a serious offence. Under sec 59 of Crimes Act 1900 this offence attracts maximum penalty of 5 years. The penalty increases to 7 years if the offence is committed in the company of someone else. However, if […]

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