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Woman Whose False Sexual Assault Allegations Destroyed Lives Sent to Prison

A 22-year old woman has been sentenced to eight and a half years after destroying the lives of three men, their families and their livelihoods, and sparking a wave of racially motivated hate crimes after fabricating claims the men sexually...

NSW Police Falsely Claimed that Violet Coco Blocked an Ambulance

A good cross-section of NSW civil society was appalled when Violet Coco was sentenced to 15 months prison time last December, in relation to her taking part in a Fireproof Australia action that blocked one lane - just one lane - of...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Making a False Accusation in NSW

It has been reported that a 19-year old British student is facing up to 12 months in prison after being convicted of ‘public mischief’ for falsely claiming that 12 Israeli men gang-raped her in Ayia Napa, a resort town on...

The Law on Making False Complaints to Police in New South Wales

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It is criminal offence in New South Wales to make false accusations with the intention of having them investigated by police. The offences against false reports are contained in the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). Section 547B of the Act is...

12 Reasons to Choose 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...

New Tenancy Laws Support Domestic Violence Victims

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Victims of domestic violence will soon be able to flee their homes faster and without penalty if they need to abandon a private or government tenancy, under new residential tenancy laws. The changes are designed to offer victims better protection...

The Consequences of False Accusation Cases in NSW

Have you ever been the subject of a false accusation which led to you being investigated, or even charged with a criminal offence? If someone has falsely accused you of a crime, it’s a good idea to speak to a...

Body Cams a Win for the Police and the Public

NSW Police officers are to be equipped with “body cams”, lightweight video cameras that are clipped to officers’ uniforms when they are dealing with the public. This new initiative was announced recently by the NSW Government, and is expected to roll out...

False AVO Applications Made a Crime

Making a false application for an apprehended personal violence order (APVO) has become a crime under legislation passed by the NSW Parliament in October. Under the changes, first announced by NSW Attorney General Greg Smith, offenders found guilty of making...
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