Category: Recklessly Causing Grievous Bodily Harm or Wounding

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Would You Ever Sedate Your Child for a Long Car Trip?


You’re planning a trip with the kids. It’s going to be fantastic. You’ll revisit many of the spots that you loved as a child, and you’re really looking forward to it. There’s just one problem: Six hours in the car. Six long hours. Last time you did a road trip with the kids, it was …
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Should Police and Media be Charged for Dangerous Leaks?


In January, six terrified people hid in the cool room of a Paris supermarket while a gunman prowled around the store, planning his next move. The gunman had already killed four people and taken others hostage. He didn’t know that the six people, including a three-year-old child and a one-month-old baby, were hiding in the …
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Can Someone be Charged For Spreading an STI?


It’s a conversation no-one wants to have with a prospective partner – but did you know that failing to disclose a sexually transmitted infection (STI) could land you in serious trouble with the law? What Does the Law Say? In New South Wales, section 79 of the Public Health Act 2010 says that a person …
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Are Police Misusing their Power to Arrest?


One of our previous blogs discussed the case of a Sydney criminal lawyer who successfully sued the NSW police service after being wrongfully arrested on a train. There have been several other cases of wrongful arrest in NSW in recent years, raising concerns that certain police officers are misusing their powers of arrest. One case …
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Many of Those Who Are Charged By Police Are Innocent – Example: Assault Charges and Self-Defence


Being charged with assault can be a stressful experience, especially if you were acting to defend yourself against an aggressor. The scene of an alleged assault can be messy and confusing, and some people handle themselves better than others when it comes to speaking with police just after a traumatic incident. To complicate things further, …
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Is the NSW One Punch Law Working to Reduce Violence?


The NSW one punch law has recently been put to the test with the first person being charged under the controversial new legislation, which the government says seems to be working in the fight to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence on Sydney streets. The first case Sydney man Hugh Garth was charged with assault occasioning death after …
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What Does the Law Say About Air Rage and In-Air Offences?


Air rage is a modern day term that is used to describe angry and unruly behaviour by passengers on commercial flights. Over the last few years, we have seen a number of incidents of air rage and other criminal offences committed during flights, many of which have resulted in criminal charges being laid. Bad behaviour …
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When can Police Suspend my Licence on the Spot?


Sometimes police can suspend your driver’s licence on the spot if they allege you have committed a serious traffic offence. They can do this immediately after you have been pulled-over, or within 48 hours afterwards. Driving licence suspension notices take effect either from the day which you received the notice in the mail or, if …
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What Are the Different Assault Charges in NSW?


If you have been charged with assault you could find yourself facing a number of different penalties, from a fine up to long-term imprisonment, depending on the circumstances and the seriousness of the alleged offence. Whether you choose to plead guilty or not guilty, it’s important that you understand the charges against you. Here is …
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Minor Assaults Expected to be Left Out of One-Punch Legislation


NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has reportedly watered down new legislation surrounding one-punch attacks. The first set of one-punch laws came into effect last month, and introduced mandatory sentencing for fatal assaults fuelled by alcohol. It is now expected that more minor assault offences will be left out of the second set of laws, which are …