Is it Legal to Make a Citizen’s Arrest in NSW?

  It is reported that a man with a large knife in Sydney CBD has allegedly attempted to stab people on Tuesday. Causing the Sydney CBD to go into lockdown, the incident unfolded close to the corner of Clarence and King Street when a man who was reportedly armed with a machete went on a ...continue reading

What is Offensive Conduct?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was a sticky situation at best for protester Eric Serge Herbert who had the eyes of onlookers cemented when he decided to superglue himself to a busy Brisbane street during morning peak hour traffic, all in the name of climate change. On 18 June 2019, the 19-year-old, ...continue reading

A Guide on Your Right to Silence When Approached by Police

By Scott Feeney and Jimmy Singh.   The Brazilian Military Police were ready. The raid was about to take place in the northeast of the country, in the low-income community of Vila Irma Dulce. It was Monday the 22nd of April, and while on a regular patrol of their beat, the police observed a man ...continue reading

Woman Fined for Offensive Conduct after Defecating in Public

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   *Code Brown alert!* You guessed it: Poo’s in the news, and last week saw a case of “dropping the kids off at the pool” go horribly wrong. On 15 February 2019, a woman copped a steamy fine of almost $1,000 for allegedly jumping into the back of a ...continue reading

The Law on Using a Carriage Service to Offend, Menace or Harass in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s not every day that you hear of police officers engaging in misbehaviour and abusing their position of power in an improper or illegal act. It is equally puzzling to consider what exactly enables some officers to engage in despicable behaviour when the majority of their peers conduct ...continue reading

The Law and Penalties for Urinating in Public in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Let’s face it: We all know the feeling of having to hold in your urine – especially when there’s no bathroom in sight. It’s undeniably one of the most uncomfortable sensations to experience, and one of the most intensely stressful situations to quickly resolve. And so, when your ...continue reading

What are the Penalties and Defences for an Offensive Conduct Charge in NSW?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh   It’s not uncommon that drinking alcohol can have all kinds of effects on your social behaviour – the sense of sudden liberation that might push you to increase your self-disclosure; an urge to do something adventurous; a flooding of feeling forthcoming that makes you want to hug strangers. ...continue reading

New NSW Sentencing Penalty Introduced: The New ‘Intensive Corrections Orders’

  On 24 October 2017, Parliament in NSW assented to the amending legislation which effectively changed the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW). As of 24 September 2018, three major new sentencing options were introduced into NSW. A Magistrate or Judge can now impose any one of these new sentencing or penalty options for traffic ...continue reading

New Sentencing Option Introduced in NSW: ‘Community Correction Orders’

Our previous blog outlined how the ‘section 10 bond’ has now replaced the new ‘conditional release order’ as a new sentencing option in NSW for criminal and traffic offences. This blog outlines a further new sentencing option called a ‘community corrections order’ which effectively replaces the old ‘section 9 bond’ and ‘community service order’ penalties, ...continue reading

The End of ‘Section 10 Bonds’ in NSW as a Sentencing Option

  The Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW) reflects the law behind all the sentencing options a Magistrates or Judges can impose on a person guilty of a NSW criminal or traffic offence. That Law has now changed and the new NSW sentencing penalties or options commence from today 24 September 2018 onwards. The popular ...continue reading

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