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

Spent Convictions

A criminal conviction is something that can generally impact on your ability to gain employment and travel overseas. Although not many are aware, generally, a convicted person is not required to disclose, for any purpose, any information about his or her conviction, if that conviction is “spent”. In addition to this, a question concerning your ...continue reading

Are People with Criminal Convictions Allowed to Associate with Each Other?

What is Habitual Consorting and it’s Penalties? Habitual Consorting carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment of up to 3 years and/or a fine of up to $16,500. Under s 93X Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), it is a criminal offence to: Habitually Consort with convicted offenders, after receiving an official warning in relation to each of ...continue reading

How To Get Cases Dismissed Due to Mental Health

A successful section 32 Mental Health Application in Court can result in the dismissal of criminal charges, resulting in no criminal conviction. This can apply where you suffer a mental health disorder, where you satisfy the requirements of section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW). This means, even for serious criminal ...continue reading

How to Avoid a Criminal Conviction after Pleading Guilty in Court?

  We’re all aware that a criminal conviction or criminal record against your name can have severe consequences on your job, income, travel plans, ability to drive, and any loved one’s who rely on you. There is generally one of 2 ways to avoid getting a criminal conviction recorded against your name, even after pleading ...continue reading

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