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

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 Law on Mandatory Life Sentences in NSW

By Jimmy Singh and Tayla Regan If a life imprisonment is given by the court, it means the offender will remain in prison until the day of his or her death. He or she can entertain no hope or expectation of ever being released. Release can be ordered in very rare circumstances by the executive ...continue reading

The Law on Cultivating Cannabis plants

If you cultivate 999 cannabis plants outdoors, will you face the same penalties as someone who cultivates 50 cannabis plants indoors? You can expect to face up to 15 years prison or a fine of up to $385,000 (or both) for cultivating  between 50 -199 cannabis plants indoors (‘enhanced indoor means’). This range of plants ...continue reading

The Law on Getting Bail When Charged by Police

By Jimmy Singh and Tayla Regan What is Bail? Where police charge you for a criminal offence, you become accused of an alleged offence. As a result, the Bail Act 2013 (NSW) is engaged, and a bail process starts. This means that, depending on the allegation or criminal charge, you will either be put into ...continue reading

The Law on Making False Accusations

By Jimmy Singh and Tayla Regan What if a neighbour or ex-partner makes very serious, untruthful claims about you to the police? What if he or she has done this with a sinister ulterior motive, resulting in a criminal charge or an AVO against you? People have made false accusations in the past for various ...continue reading

New Laws on The Right to Silence for Criminal Offences

By Jimmy Singh and Tayla Regan Say for instance you have been arrested for a crime, taken to the police station, and offered to participate in an interview with the police. Can you refuse to give an interview with police without your silence being used against you later? Can your silence amount to a consciousness ...continue reading

Can You be Responsible for a Crime Committed by Another?

Where you encourage or assist in a crime, you will be seen and punished, under the law, as the same as the person(s) who actually committed the crime. This applies regardless of the fact that the crime committed was not the specific crime which was intended should be committed. This also applies even if you ...continue reading

What Does the Law Say About Drugs Found in Your Car?

The Case of R v Amanatidis [2001] NSWCCA 400 Michael Amanatidis was charged with supplying prohibited drugs (Heroin) under section 29 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985. He was found guilty, and convicted in the District Court. That conviction was successfully appealed when he was eventually found to be not guilty. The law ...continue reading

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