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 is the Law and Penalties on Revenge Porn in NSW?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh Attorney General Mark Speakman has encouraged victims to report instances of revenge porn, which is now considered a criminal offence in NSW attracting heavy penalties, including full time prison- to reflect the seriousness that the community views this behaviour. Advances in technology has its benefits, but it also has ...continue reading

What is an Affray and its Penalty in NSW?

What is Affray in NSW? Unlike assault charges, including common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm, which are considered offences against individuals, affray is a more serious type of charge carrying a maximum term of up to 10 years imprisonment, and is considered an offence against the public order to ...continue reading

What is Obscene Exposure and Offensive Conduct?

By Jimmy Singh A man has reportedly masturbated in public with his penis exposed in-front of women in Melbourne. The male, who police are still on the hunt for, is described as Caucasian or European in his 20-30 years of age with a beard, and short dark hair. On one occasion he has reportedly yelled ...continue reading

Can I Be Guilty of Common Assault if There Was No Physical Force Applied?

A 46 year-old dominatrix was found guilty for assaulting a women at the Kink Adelaide adult event. The Magistrate in the Adelaide Magistrates Court accepted that the 46-year-old dominatrix, who refers to herself as ‘Mistress Gabrielle’, punched and placed a woman known as “Dragon Princess” in a headlock. The court found that Mistress Gabrielle, during ...continue reading

The Law on Identification Fraud

By Jimmy Singh & Tayla Regan Heavy penalties apply in NSW for using fake ID in various circumstances. One of the most common circumstances include minors using fake ID’s to purchase alcohol, cigarettes or entering pubs and clubs. More serious kinds of this is identify fraud, and is costing Australia billions of dollars. There are ...continue reading

The Law on Larceny Charges

By Jimmy Singh and Tayla Regan New technology has now been a cause for spike in shoplifting or larceny charges. Some people would not consider it a crime to scan an expensive item as a cheap fruit in order to save some extra dollars. You’re still paying for an item right? ANU Criminologist Emmeline Taylor ...continue reading

The Difference Between Summary, Indictable & Strictly Indictable Offences

There are two types of main charges in NSW labelled as “indictable offences”, and “summary offences”. The period of time your case will take in court to finalise, whether police are still allowed to prosecute you for an offence that occurred more than 6 months ago, and the seriousness of the penalties you are faced ...continue reading

New Penalties to be Introduced in NSW

Evidence establishes that community supervision and programs are much more effective at changing offenders behaviour to reduce reoffending. In fact, sending offenders to prison for less than 2 years have not been effective in trying to change behaviour in offenders generally. A number of significant changes in NSW penalties have been proposed, and it will ...continue reading

How to Avoid a Conviction After Pleading Guilty to a Drug Offence

A section 10 dismissal, soon to be known (from 2018) as conditional release orders (CRO), is a type of punishment a Court can give if your found guilty for a criminal charge. This includes offences of possession or supply of prohibited drugs in NSW. A punishment of this kind from a Magistrate or Judge means ...continue reading

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