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

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

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 Get Your Disqualifications Removed Now

The New NSW Driving Laws have come into effect from 28 October 2017, allowing you to now apply to the Local Court for an order removing your licence disqualifications. You can now apply to the Local Court to remove your disqualifications if you fit under any one of the following 3 categories. Category 1 You ...continue reading

Are Interstate Traffic Offences Disregarded by NSW Courts?

A common question I get asked is, when the Court is considering on a penalty to give for a NSW traffic offender, can an interstate traffic conviction be taken into account when the Magistrate is considering an appropriate sentence? The Courts in NSW are currently disregarding previous interstate traffic convictions, including drink driving, that have ...continue reading

How To Remove your Licence Disqualifications Earlier. Big Changes in the NSW Traffic Laws

The complex traffic laws in NSW are changing again. Some big changes include: the abolition of the Habitual Offender Declaration; Reduction in maximum penalties for certain traffic offences; Reduction in how long your licence can be disqualified for certain traffic offences; and The ability to apply to the Court for the early removal of all ...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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