New Drink Driving Laws in NSW

By Jimmy Singh The average court penalty for first time drink drivers in 2017 was $482. NSW Roads Minister, Melina Pavey said, that around 6000 people in NSW are charged with first time mid-range drink driving, and 55 people in 2017 died from drink driving. The police can give you a penalty notice for most ...continue reading

Is Drug Prohibition Causing Unnecessary Deaths in Australian Youth?

By Sahar Adatia & Jimmy Singh Drugs are destructive. But drug prohibition is worse – and it’s doing little to protect young Australians from turning to illicit drug use. Every year, some 400 Australians die from illicit drug use. Thousands of others suffer from the detrimental health consequences of drug dependence, unsafe injecting methods and ...continue reading

New Laws on Drug Driving and Mobile Phone Use in NSW

The Controversial Drug Driving Laws in NSW To be guilty of DUI under section 112, the police only need to prove that you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of driving, the law doesn’t require proof that your driving skills were effected by drugs or alcohol. Under the current law ...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 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 Breath Testing on Your Property

By Jimmy Singh and Tayla Regan Do I Have to Stop My Car When Signalled By Police? The police are allowed to direct you to stop your car for the purposes of subjecting you to a random breath test (RBT). Failing to comply with this requirement carries a penalty of $1,100. After stopping you for ...continue reading

The Law on Cultivating Cannabis plants

If you cultivate 999 cannabis plants outdoors, will you face the same penalties as someone who cultivates 50 cannabis plants indoors? You can expect to face up to 15 years prison or a fine of up to $385,000 (or both) for cultivating  between 50 -199 cannabis plants indoors (‘enhanced indoor means’). This range of plants ...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

The Law on Driving Under the Influence

The Case of DPP (NSW) v Kirby [2017] NSWSC Mr. Kirby was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol under section 112(1)(a) of the Road Transport At 2013 (NSW). The Katoomba Local Court on 19 April 2017 found him not guilty on the basis that the police were unable to prove that Mr. Kirby’s ...continue reading

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