Driving with Pets: The Harsh Penalties You Could be Facing

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Australia is a nation of animal lovers, with an estimated 25 million pets across the country. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), dogs are the most common pet of choice, with 39 per cent of households owning at least one four-legged ...continue reading

New Drink Driving Laws in NSW

By Jimmy Singh The average court penalty for first time drink drivers in 2017 was $482. NSW Roads Minister, Melina Pavey said, that around 6000 people in NSW are charged with first time mid-range drink driving, and 55 people in 2017 died from drink driving. The police can give you a penalty notice for most ...continue reading

The Law on Nationally Recognised AVOs in Australia

By Jimmy Singh National Recognition of AVOs in Australia Before April 2017, ‘victims’ of domestic violence who had the protection of an AVO in a state were not protected from the perpetrator in any other State or Territory from that AVO. This meant that, prior to April 2017, if the ‘perpetrator’ or ‘victim’ relocated to ...continue reading

Consent in NSW Sexual Assault Cases

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh The NSW government will shell out $200 million over the next four years to educate the public on how to defend themselves against sexual assault, and at the heart of this strategy is a focus on children and university students. Put forward as the state’s first Sexual Assault Strategy, ...continue reading

What is the Law on Abortion in NSW?

By Jimmy Singh The Government in NSW have now passed laws to practically ban activists from gathering within 150 meters from an abortion clinic in NSW. The 150 metres is the safe zone surrounding abortion clinics. Breach of these laws can result in heavy penalties of imprisonment and fines. Abortion Law and Safe Zone Legislation ...continue reading

Is Drug Prohibition Causing Unnecessary Deaths in Australian Youth?

By Sahar Adatia & Jimmy Singh Drugs are destructive. But drug prohibition is worse – and it’s doing little to protect young Australians from turning to illicit drug use. Every year, some 400 Australians die from illicit drug use. Thousands of others suffer from the detrimental health consequences of drug dependence, unsafe injecting methods and ...continue reading

Can You Refuse to Give a DNA Sample to Police?

By Jimmy Singh and Fahim Khan Australian criminal law can be complex to understand, especially when it’s concerning police rights regarding when they can and can’t carry out intrusive tests on your body. Generally, DNA samples are considered to be more effective at solving crimes than fingerprints. DNA samples are considered to be very effective ...continue reading

What are the Consequences of an AVO?

By Jimmy Singh & Tayla Regan Apprehended Violence Orders exist for the purposes of protecting the ‘the person in need of protection’ (PINOP), or Applicant. Applying for an AVO on your own isn’t rocket science. Anybody with sufficient grounds can do it. AVO’s can have far reaching consequences against an individual. While some AVO’s are ...continue reading

Can You Refuse to Give Evidence in Court Against a Family Member?

By Jimmy Singh & Tayla Regan Imagine being compelled by the courts to give evidence against your mum, dad, brother or sister. Regardless of the court outcome, consider the kind of potential damage this can cause to the relationship. To avoid undue hardship of a witness and to protect the family unit, in some situations ...continue reading

The Fairness of Mobile Drug Tests and Your Rights

By Jimmy Singh & Tayla Regan In 2017, police have conducted about 112,000 roadside drug tests. This is expected to rise to about 200,000 each year from 2020. The relatively new drug driving laws have criminalised driving with the mere presence of illicit drugs in your saliva, urine or blood. Criminalising the mere presence of ...continue reading

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