How Do the New Slow Down Traffic Laws Affect Your Safety as a Motorist in NSW?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh   As of Saturday, September 1, a new road rule was put in place in NSW that requires motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles. These include police cars, ambulances, and fire engines – that are displaying red and blue flashing lights. The new law ...continue reading

Is it Illegal to Drive in Thongs or Apply Makeup While Driving?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh Across the nation, 10.9 million people admit to driving dangerously on the road and engaging in some form of distraction. From snacking on takeaway food, to applying make-up, wearing thongs instead of covered shoes, and even having a microsleep, Australians’ desire to multitask behind the wheel is putting them ...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 Fairness of Mobile Drug Tests and Your Rights

By Jimmy Singh & Tayla Regan In 2017, police have conducted about 112,000 roadside drug tests. This is expected to rise to about 200,000 each year from 2020. The relatively new drug driving laws have criminalised driving with the mere presence of illicit drugs in your saliva, urine or blood. Criminalising the mere presence of ...continue reading

The Law on Jaywalking and Hitchhiking

By Jimmy Singh & Tayla Regan Jaywalking is generally where you cross the road in unsafe circumstances. Arguably, crossing a road against a red pedestrian light, or where there is no light, onto oncoming traffic (within 20 meters of a crossing) do so with full appreciation of the risks (which can result in serious consequences), ...continue reading

The Law on Eating or Drinking While Driving

By Jimmy Singh & Tayla Regan Is it Illegal to Eat Food While Driving Your Car? You will be happy to know that eating your meal or drinking a coffee in the car while driving will not mean that you are breaking the law. Currently, there is no law in any Australian state or territory ...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

New Laws on The Right to Silence for Criminal Offences

By Jimmy Singh and Tayla Regan Say for instance you have been arrested for a crime, taken to the police station, and offered to participate in an interview with the police. Can you refuse to give an interview with police without your silence being used against you later? Can your silence amount to a consciousness ...continue reading

Can You be Responsible for a Crime Committed by Another?

Where you encourage or assist in a crime, you will be seen and punished, under the law, as the same as the person(s) who actually committed the crime. This applies regardless of the fact that the crime committed was not the specific crime which was intended should be committed. This also applies even if you ...continue reading

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