What is the Law and Penalties for Perverting the Course of Justice in NSW?

  34-year-old James Cowled, was a law student working as a Judge’s associate to Federal Court Judge Michael Lloyd-Jones whom he worked for during the period 2011 – 2015. Although retired in 2015, the former Judge was ‘tricked’ into providing Cowled a character reference letter after being lied to by Cowled that it was for ...continue reading

What are the Defences and Penalties for Being Armed With an Offensive Weapon in NSW?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh. Anger is an emotion that is able to make us react in various ways. Sometimes, it arrives in a quick flash, momentarily causing our heart rate to increase in irritation before shortly fleeting, like when people refuse to follow directions. At other times, where boundaries are crossed, it can ...continue reading

What are the Defences and Penalties for Importing Drugs in Australia?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Each year, billions of dollars in illegal drugs circle the globe, driven by the demand of millions of users. And yet, while authorities have become more rigorous in intercepting these drugs and apprehending their suppliers, so too have drug smugglers become more inventive when it comes to methods ...continue reading

The Law and Penalties for Drug Possession in NSW

  $7 billion dollars per annum is spent on illicit drugs by Australians, according to The Age. In fact Dr. John Jiggins, trade researcher estimates that approximately three million Aussies purchase prohibited drugs and that the drug market is worth approximately seventeen billion dollars. Drug related harm is a concerning issue all over the world, ...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

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

New Laws on Drug Driving and Mobile Phone Use in NSW

The Controversial Drug Driving Laws in NSW To be guilty of DUI under section 112, the police only need to prove that you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of driving, the law doesn’t require proof that your driving skills were effected by drugs or alcohol. Under the current law ...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

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