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

Law, Penalties and Defences for Centrelink Charges

  It is reported that 35-year-old mother, Melka Krunes from Townsville has managed to get her hands on a total of $26,018 over a period of almost 7-years from the commonwealth entity, Centrelink. The financial advantage she received by providing incorrect information to Centrelink occurred from 2011 to 2017. During that period, she had made ...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

Law, Penalties & Defences for Dealing with Proceeds of Crime Charges in NSW

  51-year-old Rafael Estrada and 28-year-old Marcos Rivera who’re Guatemalan nationals have been arrested and charged after police discover over $1.3 million in cash in a storage unit and apartment in Sydney. The investigation that led to the arrests was part of an investigation into a large-scale international money-laundering syndicate. It’s alleged that the two ...continue reading

Law on Obtaining Benefit by Deception in NSW

  Call it fake news – or perhaps, fake brews – but we assure you it’s not: This week, a motorist in the UK was arrested after police discovered hundreds of fake McDonald’s stickers to trade for free coffees hoarded in his vehicle. Now, you’re probably wondering, just as we are – if you’re struggling ...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

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

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

The Law and Penalties for Dishonest White-Collar Crime

What is ASIC? The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is an independent Government body that enforces consumer protection and company law in relation to superannuation, insurance, investments, and banking (except for lending) all over Australia. ASIC’s purpose is to minimise unfair practices by financial markets and products and to also minimise fraud. ASIC’s Fees-For-No-Service ...continue reading

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