Intimidatory Use of Vehicles and Vessels Penalties and the Law in NSW

Sahar Adatia.   A man has been charged after he allegedly drove his vehicle at a security guard while attending a COVID-19 testing clinic in Sydney’s south. According to reports from NSW Police, around 10:30am on Sunday 15 August 2021, a 61-year-old man visited Sutherland’s drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic, situated on Forest Road. The man ...continue reading

Drug Driving Penalties and Defences in NSW

Poppy Morandin.   New research revealing how long cannabis users are likely to be impaired has strengthened calls for drug driving law reform. Researchers from the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics analysed how long users were impaired for after taking moderate to high doses of the intoxicating component of cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Accordingly, they found ...continue reading

Tailgating Offences, Penalties and Defences in NSW

Sahar Adatia.   It was the horrifying road rage attack on a learner driver in Adelaide that left the young victim “too scared to get behind the wheel again”. Around 5pm on Sunday 16 May 20201, Jacob Trench was driving with his mother and a friend in a Ford sedan along the North-South Motorway at ...continue reading

Disabled Parking Permits & the Law NSW

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was the absurd fine that almost gave pensioner Pat Jackson and her loyal husband Eric a heart attack. Earlier this month, the couple received a fine from their Sydney City Council for parking in a disabled zone, right in front of their Alexandria home. Indeed, Mr and Mrs ...continue reading

Suspended Licence NSW, Licence Disqualifications & Police Suspensions

Key Takeaways Driving Suspended or Disqualified in NSW carries up to $3,300 fine, 6-months jail or both & 3-6 months disqualification. Driving without a valid licence carries up to $2,200 fine. A driver licence suspension or disqualification does apply across other states. police can issue immediate suspensions if you’re caught exceeding speed by at least ...continue reading

Burnout Offences & Defences in NSW

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was the Sydney wedding celebration that gave us terrifying flashbacks of Salim Mehajer’s extravagant nuptials, and for some of its guests, came with a more expensive gift than perhaps first thought out. On the morning of Friday 2nd April 2021, a wedding celebration in Auburn grew so out ...continue reading

Fines for Oversized Vehicles Who Evade the Northconnex Tunnel in NSW

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   In March 2021, it was reported that more than 10,000 heavy vehicles had dodged fines for illegally avoiding Sydney’s new $3 billion NorthConnex tollway in the north-west and instead using Pennant Hills Road. As the road opened up in October 2020, so too were oversized vehicles requested by Transport ...continue reading

Failing to Stop and Assist Offences & Defences in NSW

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   An incident has taken place in Sydney’s west in which a driver struck a woman on the road, pinning her against a wall, then failing to stop to assist following the crash. The incident is believed to have occurred around 6.30pm on Saturday 27 March 2021 following reports a ...continue reading

High Range Drink Driving Offences in NSW

Image credit: Thanh Tu Tran Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   If you’re going to break the law – and of course we strongly recommend you don’t – then you probably want to steer clear of the police whilst doing so. Indeed, this was not how things played out for one driver in Northwich, England, ...continue reading

Difference Between Civil and Criminal Law

Key Takeaways A key difference between civil & criminal law in Australia is the higher onus of proof in a criminal case is ‘beyond reasonable doubt’, in comparison, a civil case has a lower onus of proof of ‘on the balance of probabilities‘. Differences between civil & criminal law table. Civil vs Criminal law: Criminal law ...continue reading

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