The Law on Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in NSW

  49-year old Brett Hill has grabbed, abducted and repeatedly raped an 11-year old girl over a 5-hour period as she walked to school. It is reported that on 12 June 2018, the 11-year old girl who cannot be named was walking to school in Adamstown Heights, Newcastle when she was grabbed as she walked ...continue reading

When Can a Police Officer Legally Search or Strip Search you in NSW?

  They say that it is better out than in, but this may not be applicable in the same sense when being strip searched by a police officer… It is reported that 28-year old Stuart Cook from Scotland purposely farted 3 times on a police officer who was conducting a strip search on him at ...continue reading

The Penalties for Break and Enter and Commit Serious Indictable Offence in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Coming home to find your house has been broken into is a frightening experience. Not only is it a violation of your space and possessions, but it’s an encounter that can also take some time to recover from emotionally. But imagine if your home was broken into while ...continue reading

What’s the Penalties Under the Law for Child Sexual Assault in NSW?

  It’s reported that a 55-year-old man from Queensland has allegedly had sexual intercourse with a girl when she was 13-years of age which caused her to then conceive a baby boy born in mid of 1995. The baby boy’s dead body was then discovered in a caravan park only hours after his birth in ...continue reading

What are the Penalties for Cultivating Cannabis Plants at a Commercial Quantity in NSW?

  It is reported that approximately 1,500 cannabis plants were discovered with a street value of about $5.8 million after police investigations uncovered 9 hydroponic cannabis cultivation homes across Sydney, after an investigation had commenced in May following a tip-off from a neighbour. The investigation revealed a sophisticated network that has been operating numerous hydro ...continue reading

What the Law says about Illegal Wildlife Trade in Australia

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   When it comes to restricting the import and export of products, Australia is renowned for being tough at its borders. Indeed, if you’ve ever watched an episode of Border Security, you’ll likely be familiar with not only the wealth of weird and wonderful items people have unashamedly attempted ...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

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

Will My Case Be Thrown Out If Alleged Victim Fails To Attend Court?

Consider the scenario where your charged with common assault, with a provisional apprehended domestic violence order (AVO) against you. These charges are taken out against you by the police who act on behalf of your partner (the alleged victim). The AVO prohibits you from approaching or contacting your partner and children. As a result, your ...continue reading

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