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Volunteer to Help Get Rid of Drug Dog Operations at Festivals: An Interview With Sniff Off

by Paul Gregoire
Back in the old days, when people held music festivals, it used to be a time of great merriment. Youths could freely turn up to such events, where they were assured of having a grand time, as they forgot about...

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Being prosecuted for a criminal or traffic offence can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may be unfamiliar with the process, unsure of the best way forward and concerned about the outcome. But whether you are charged with a less-serious matter...

Your Rights When Approached by Police at Music Festivals

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
The hot weather is starting to kick in and with it, the festival season is upon us. Thousands of revellers are gearing up to take in their favourite live music acts, get down to some old skool beats, or spend...

Sniffer Dogs, Searches and Your Rights at Mardi Gras

by Ugur Nedim
With the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade rocking Sydney today, we’ve compiled some basic information about police searches to help you have a blast without your rights being violated: When can police search me? It’s a sure bet that...

10 Tips For Staying Safe Over New Year’s

by Ugur Nedim
With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it’s no doubt that police will once again be out in force patrolling the streets. Every year, police arrest a large number of people – many for alcohol-related offences. However, there are...

What are the Rules for Strip Searching?

by Ugur Nedim
“I removed my clothes one piece at a time as requested. When we had stripped down to our underwear in the street, we were searched. I honestly felt the only way to prevent the search becoming more intrusive or sexual...

Is a Positive Indication by a Sniffer Dog enough for Police to search you? Part 2: Applying Empirical Data

by Ugur Nedim
In Part 1 of this series, we outlined the law relating to ‘reasonable suspicion’. To re-cap, the law says that police can only search you for drugs if they have a ‘suspicion on reasonable grounds’ that you have drugs on...

Is a positive indication by a sniffer dog enough for police to search you? Part 1: “reasonable suspicion”

by Ugur Nedim
We have posted numerous articles and videos about the fact that police cannot undertake random or arbitrary searches upon people – they must have a ‘suspicion on reasonable grounds’ before performing a search. This two-part blog aims to answer the...

Drug Detection Dogs Reportedly Providing False Leads

by Ugur Nedim
It has been revealed that the majority of strip searches by police based on indications from drug detection dogs do not result in any drugs being found. Government data obtained by the NSW Greens and reported in the media reveals...

Drugs and the white collar sector

by Ugur Nedim
A record number of 86,918 drug seizures were made in Australia according to the latest Illicit Drug Data Report by the Australian Crime Commission. But not all of these will make front page headlines or prime time news. The population...
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