Section 32 Mental Health Applications now Replaced by Section 14 to Get Criminal Charges Dismissed in Court

There is an available legislative framework for a NSW court to determine criminal proceedings where the accused or defendant has mental health issues relevant to the case. This legislative framework is echoed in the old Act called The Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘The Act’). It is a response to the increasing contact with ...continue reading

Law on Giving Way at a Pedestrian Crossing in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A crash in Sydney’s south western suburb of Doonside has resulted in a man dying after he was struck by a vehicle last week. It is reported that at about 5.45pm on 16 June 2020, a 72-year-old male pedestrian was crossing Bungaribee Road in Doonside, when he was ...continue reading

A 14-Year-Old Girl Has Been Savagely Hit By a Car In an Alleged Dangerous Driving Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm Incident

  “I went to the nearest house, I was banging on the door with blood everywhere”, says 14-year-old teenager Aysenour Koca. “I believe he tried to kill me because I was not on the street. I was on the pathway. And he even saw me while he still came at me”. “I thought he was ...continue reading

COVID-19 – Key Changes Made by District Courts Affecting all Criminal and Traffic Cases in NSW

  From 30 March 2020, the District Court have implemented a number of changes to the way in which criminal cases are heard during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to remain up to date as arrangements are likely to continue to change. If you have a criminal matter in the District Court currently, please ...continue reading

What is a Criminal Lawyers’ Role?

  Criminal lawyers represent people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, movies and TV shows have portrayed criminal lawyers in a bad light, prompting members of the public asking the question criminal lawyers get asked too often, “but how can you defend a criminal?”, or “how can you defend a guilty person?”. Too often we ...continue reading

What are the NSW Law and Penalties for High-range Drink Driving?

  It is reported that 30-year old Perth mother, Kirsteen Meikle had her child in the back seat of the vehicle while she was asleep behind the wheel at about 10am with a BAC reading of 0.37g- being over 7 times the legal drink driving limit. Further, the mother’s driver licence was expired, since 2015. ...continue reading

High-range Drink Driving Penalties and Law in NSW

  It is reported that a 41-year-old woman is due to appear at the Tweed Heads Local Court on 2 March 2020 after being charged for high-range drink driving. The 41-year-old woman was allegedly driving a vehicle with a 3-year-old girl in the back seat of the car before crashing in north of NSW. It’s ...continue reading

Penalties, Defences and Law on Police Pursuit in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It is reported that in the early hours of 21 January 2020, residents in Mackay, Queensland, woke to the sounds and scenes similar to a movie after a driver crashed his car into a truck and teared into a fence in the aftermath of a police pursuit. At ...continue reading

Law, Penalties & Defences for Furious or Reckless Driving in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Road rage is a phenomenon that is no longer new and becoming manifested in increasingly aggressive ways. Understood as the deviant and furious behaviour of a motorist due to their loss of emotional control, the antisocial behaviour has today surpassed simply honking the car horn or demonstrating a ...continue reading

Is it a Crime to Drive with a Mid-range Blood Alcohol Concentration in NSW?

  It is reported that a 41-year-old man drove a Ferrari worth about $300K in the Sydney CBD before crashing it straight into a jewellery store near David Jones in Sydney CBD- at the corner of Castlereagh and Market Street on Monday. Unfortunately, a woman in her sixty’s sustained minor injuries and was escorted to ...continue reading

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