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

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

What is the Law on Wearing a Helmet for Motorcycle Riders in NSW?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Most of us know that sinking, stomach-clenching feeling of realising you’re about to be booked for a traffic fine. But imagine if you got fined twice for the exact same offence. Within 30 minutes. It’s safe to say there’d be a lot cursing and indeed a lot of ...continue reading

How to Avoid a Licence Suspension for a Speeding Fine in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It doesn’t take much to work out that if you’re going to speed on the road and you get caught, you’re going to cop a weighty fine and lose a bunch of demerit points. Indeed, few things sting as much as getting slapped with a speeding ticket and ...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

When Can Police Take Your Phone?

NSW Police are often seizing mobile phones (and other items) from people suspected of crimes, including those that are bystanders, who record an incident which they are not even involved in. The digital era, with the regular use of smart phones, which allow people to record footage and photos wherever and whenever, has resulted in ...continue reading

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

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

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