How Does COVID-19 Affect Bail Applications in NSW?

By Fouad Awada and Jimmy Singh.   On 30 March 2020, the Supreme Court of New South Wales handed down a decision granting conditional bail to Mr Abdul Rakielbakhour who was accused and charged with serious domestic violence charges. Mr Rakielbakhour was arrested and charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, alleged ...continue reading

Australia’s Growing Illicit Drug Consumption

  Australia has spent over $11b on prohibited drugs just last year. In fact, reports say that while the Sydney community is consuming less alcohol, consumption of prohibited drugs have increased, namely cocaine methylamphetamine and nicotine. From the $11.3b spent on drugs by our nation last year, just over $8b of it was on methylamphetamine. ...continue reading

What are the Rules Around NSW Police Strip Searching a Person?

241,000 is the number that has been given to NSW Police Officers, representing the quota for conducting personal searches, including strip searches on people for the 2019 financial year. In fact, in 2019, NSW Police failed to meet its quota  by just under 2000 searches. NSW Greens managed to obtained the shocking revelation through the ...continue reading

What is a Criminal Lawyers’ Role?

  Criminal lawyers represent people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, movies and TV shows have portrayed criminal lawyers in a bad light, prompting members of the public asking the question criminal lawyers get asked too often, “but how can you defend a criminal?”, or “how can you defend a guilty person?”. Too often we ...continue reading

Penalties & Defences for Importing Commercial Quantity of MDMA into Australia

  It is reported that two men have allegedly tried to import 645kg of MDMA drugs from Cyprus to Sydney by hiding it in aluminium BBQ’s. Police allege that the drugs were being imported to Sydney in 200 aluminium barbeques in July last year. Following an investigation lasting 6-months, authorities have arrested two men, a ...continue reading

Penalties for Importing Commercial Quantity of Methamphetamine or ‘Ice’

  It is reported that two men and a woman aged in their late 30’s have allegedly been involved in the drug importation of 1.6 tonnes of methamphetamine valued at over $1 billion. From the three charged, a male and a female were customs agents, and trusted insiders who the police believe used their positions ...continue reading

Penalties and Defences for Importing Cocaine into Australia

  Authorities have managed to uncover drugs concealed within aluminium alloy ingots in September, located at the Sydney Container Examination Facility. Hidden inside the aluminium ingots were over $104 million worth of cocaine. The drugs were concealed in a sophisticated way within more than 1,800 modified aluminium alloy ingots, which were imported from Mexico. Police ...continue reading

The Penalties for Importing Drugs into Australia

  It is reported that nearly 500kg of methylamphetamine worth $300m has been imported in 768 bottles of Sriracha chilli sauce. The ice was under the Australian Border Force (ABF) radar when it arrived in Australia from the US on 15 October. Upon arrival into Australia, the consignment was reported to have been allegedly accessed ...continue reading

An Outline of the Penalties for Importing Border-Controlled Drugs

  Saxophonist and sailor Craig Lembke has been found guilty by a Jury at the Newcastle District Court on Wednesday 23 October for the charge of importing a commercial quantity of cocaine. The 49-year-old man from Western Australia has now been known as the ‘cocaine Casanova’ after discovering that he was in a relationship with ...continue reading

The Law on Strip Searches in NSW

  Imagine a sniffer dog incorrectly indicates to police that you have drugs on you outside the entrance of a music festival, which causes police to form a suspicion you have illicit drugs on you, but you actually don’t. Imagine, then police escort you away in view of everyone watching this infold, and you are ...continue reading

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