What is the Law and Penalties for Car-Jacking in NSW?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   On October 4, 2018, a man was arrested following carjacking a Range Rover in Redfern while a 61-year-old man was still inside the vehicle. According to NSW Police, just before 1:30pm on the day, reports were made that the Range Rover was stolen from a car wash on ...continue reading

The Law and Penalties for Stealing Animals Ordinarily Kept in Confinement in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh   It’s not every day that you hear of a heist being planned at the zoo down the road. Indeed, in the day of the life of a police officer, it’s surely one of the stranger cases to come across the desk. However, on September 22, 2018, police charged ...continue reading

New NSW Sentencing Penalty Introduced: The New ‘Intensive Corrections Orders’

  On 24 October 2017, Parliament in NSW assented to the amending legislation which effectively changed the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW). As of 24 September 2018, three major new sentencing options were introduced into NSW. A Magistrate or Judge can now impose any one of these new sentencing or penalty options for traffic ...continue reading

New Sentencing Option Introduced in NSW: ‘Community Correction Orders’

Our previous blog outlined how the ‘section 10 bond’ has now replaced the new ‘conditional release order’ as a new sentencing option in NSW for criminal and traffic offences. This blog outlines a further new sentencing option called a ‘community corrections order’ which effectively replaces the old ‘section 9 bond’ and ‘community service order’ penalties, ...continue reading

The End of ‘Section 10 Bonds’ in NSW as a Sentencing Option

  The Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW) reflects the law behind all the sentencing options a Magistrates or Judges can impose on a person guilty of a NSW criminal or traffic offence. That Law has now changed and the new NSW sentencing penalties or options commence from today 24 September 2018 onwards. The popular ...continue reading

Why is There Currently a Black Market for Australia’s Baby Formula?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh   Last week, NSW Police arrested the leader of a shoplifting syndicate alleged to have stolen more than $250,000 worth of baby formula from supermarket shelves around Australia and then vending them at a significantly higher price on the black market. Lie Ke, 48, the accused kingpin of the ...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 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

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