What is a Criminal Lawyers’ Role?

As criminal lawyers Sydney based, we represent people from all walks of life, says Principal lawyer at CDLA, Jimmy Singh. “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 ...continue reading

Queensland Mum Charged with Fraud Over Misusing Public Donations for Her Son’s Funeral

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A mother from Townsville in Queensland’s north whose son died in a car crash has been charged with fraud after it was discovered she allegedly misused the public funds raised for his funeral on gambling and a shopping spree. On June 18 2020, Lesley-Lee Hill attended the funeral of ...continue reading

The Law on Making or Using Counterfeit or Fake Money in Australia

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   In June 2020, a police hunt commenced for a woman believed responsible for duping a string of struggling businesses with fake $50 notes at Pooraka’s Paddy’s Markets in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. Cool and composed, CCTV footage reveals the woman initially walked into a fresh food market where she ...continue reading

Section 32 Mental Health Applications now Replaced by Section 14 to Get Criminal Charges Dismissed in Court

There is an available legislative framework for a NSW court to determine criminal proceedings where the accused or defendant has mental health issues relevant to the case. This legislative framework is echoed in the old Act called The Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘The Act’). It is a response to the increasing contact with ...continue reading

Concerns Reignited for Prisoners Amid Further Outbreaks of COVID-19

By Poppy Morandin.   There are reportedly 70 inmates in lockdown within Silverwater Correctional Complex after coming into close contact with a staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.  Within their advocacy efforts, The Greens have issued an open letter to Anthony Roberts, Minister for Corrections detailing the “significant concerns…about the lockdown at Silverwater ...continue reading

Law on the Age of Criminal Responsibility in NSW: An Interview with Greens MP David Shoebridge

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Despite a strong campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, the decision has been deferred to 2021, following concerns that further work needs to be done regarding processes and services for children who exhibit offending behaviour. The issue was discussed at the meeting ...continue reading

Adelaide Man Wanted for Providing False Name to Police Finally Surrenders to Threat of Unleashed Police Dog

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Vision has been captured of the moment a wanted man believed to have given a false name to police was apprehended in Adelaide’s south, with the threat of an unleashed police dog proving the last straw to finally bring the man otherwise unwilling to surrender on his knees. ...continue reading

Minister David Elliot Cleared of Impersonating Police Officer by Internal Review Without Following Proper Process

By Poppy Morandin.   An internal review into Police Minister David Elliott allegedly impersonating a police officer in a road-rage incident with a P-plater, has cleared him of wrongdoing before consulting legal advice. Last October, the Minister’s car was allegedly clipped by a young man on Windsor Road in Baulkham Hills, with both cars progressing ...continue reading

Fake ID Fail: International Student Charged with Unlawful Use of Driver Licence After Forgetting Crucial Detail

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   An international student’s plan to trick Geelong Police with a false ID card from his home country of India turned into a miserable fail of epic proportions when he couldn’t remember the crucial detail of his supposed date of birth. SBS News reports that Mohammad Usman, a mechanical ...continue reading

What is Perverting the Course of Justice in NSW?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   One of Sydney’s high-ranking members of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang has been charged by police over allegations he attempted to pervert the course of justice while before the courts. According to NSW Police, the case goes back to December 2018 during which an ongoing investigation by Strike ...continue reading

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