Negligent Driving Occasioning Death Offences & Defences in NSW

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A five-year-old girl has died while her mother is in a critical condition in hospital after being struck by a vehicle while walking in Sydney’s west. According to reports from NSW Police, around 7:20pm on Wednesday 17 March 2021, the young girl and her mother were walking on a ...continue reading

Speed Camera Warning Signs Removed in NSW

Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Speeding fines have soared, following the NSW Government’s decision to remove warning signs for speed cameras. Following the controversial move to remove signs, strip back vehicle markings and increase time of monitoring on the roads, monthly fines have skyrocketed. Data shows that whereas 32,637 speeding camera fines were issued ...continue reading

What the Law Says if You Attempt to Help Someone Escape the Country to Avoid Attending Court

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A mother from central Queensland has been sentenced to four years behind bars for her role in helping her son escape Australia by yacht so that he could side-step facing court over serious drug trafficking charges. Elizabeth Turner faced the District Court in Brisbane via video link from Townsville ...continue reading

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

The Penalties for Hoon Driving in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   On 11 April 2020, New South Wales police made the appalling discovery of 40 cars within a closed area west of Newcastle that had gathered for the purpose of burnouts and street racing, much to the defiance also of COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings. At around 4pm on ...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

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

The Law on Police Pursuit in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   In recent times, police pursuits have received significant media attention and become a topic of concern for both law enforcement authorities and the communities they serve. To a large extent, this has developed because police pursuits come with high risks not only for the police officers and fleeing ...continue reading

Are You Allowed to Travel in or on the Boot of a Motor Vehicle in NSW?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Bad drivers: They are indeed among us. But then there are the outright stupid. The drivers so utterly senseless that they actually think the things they are doing on the road are entirely acceptable. Take for example, this 29-year-old driver who was caught travelling along the NSW South ...continue reading

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