Articles by Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Victoria Police May Get the Power to Search Without a Reason


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Victoria police are pushing the Andrews government to expand police search powers at music festivals, so that officers are able to search patrons for drugs without having a reasonable suspicion to do so. Police claim the powers are necessary to counter the spate of drug-related deaths across the state ...

The Australian Prison Boom: Taking Care of Big Business


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The number of people being detained in Australian correctional facilities is at an all-time high. As of March this year, there were 40,577 full-time adult inmates in this country, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released this month. The Australian prisoner population has been steadily increasing since the ...

Disabled Pensioners: the Government’s New Drug War Targets


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Turnbull government has hit a new low in its war against drugs. Legislation has just been tabled that proposes to deny the pension to hundreds of people who are currently deemed disabled due to their level of drug or alcohol dependency. It’s well known Australian states and territories ...

Manslaughter by Text Message


By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes A US judge has found that Michelle Carter caused the death of her boyfriend Conrad Roy, by sending him a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself. Ms Carter faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the July 2014 suicide ...

Prosecuting Potential Predators: Government Passes ‘Carly’s Law’


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim In 2007, 15-year old Carly Ryan was murdered in South Australia by 47-year old Gary Newman – who created more than 200 fake online profiles of young men to prey on underage girls. Carly’s mother, Sonya Ryan, later established the Carly Ryan Foundation which campaigned tirelessly for the introduction ...

Turnbull Continues Assault on Civil Liberties


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On Tuesday, Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull delivered his National Security Statement before parliament. During his speech, the PM focused on the threat of terrorism, declaring that his government was committed to “balancing the priority of community safety with individual liberties.” However, looking back at the track record of ...

Five Arrested in $30 Million Investment Scam


Five people have been arrested over yet another investment scam, with police alleging the defendants defrauded more than $30 million over three years from unsuspecting Australians. The investment fraud syndicate allegedly worked on a cold calling system between 2012 and 2015, ripping off around 2000 Australians. The arrests are the culmination of a two-year long ...

Prison for “Radicalised Inmates”: Protecting the Community or Increasing the Threat?


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The NSW government announced last Sunday that it will be investing a further $47 million into the state’s correctional facilities in order to “future-proof” the prison system to prepare for a “new era of terrorist inmates.” The plan includes the construction of a new “mini-max” prison that will be used ...

Roll Up, Roll Up: Australia Desperately Needs Cyber Security Experts


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Cyber-crime is on the rise. And we’re all at risk. In Australia, we have more mobile phones than people. About 84% of all phones are smartphones.  We have a range of devices that connect to the internet – from TVs, to fridges, watches, and of course computers and tablets. ...

Police Who Pre-Emptively Kill Suspected Terrorists Will Be Protected


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The NSW government is set to introduce new laws by the end of this month which give police immunity for pre-emptively shooting a person they suspect of terrorism, even if that person does not pose an imminent threat to others. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that she will support ...