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The Criminal Offence of Hindering an Investigation in NSW

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A New South Wales woman pleaded guilty to criminal charges following a vehicle collision at Yanco near Leeton in the Riverina region of New South Wales on 4 April 2023, which resulted in the death of a mother and her...

Stealing, Theft and Larceny Offences Across Australia

Going to court over a property which involves dishonesty – such as larceny, theft or stealing – can be a stressful and daunting experience. You may be uncertain as to how you should plead, what will happen in court, whether...

Should Women Be Sent to Prison While Pregnant?

Back in 2018, a mainstream media organisation produced a news report about women who give birth in custody.  The two-minute video made the purpose-built facilities for mothers and their babies in New South Wales prisons seem like a compassionate solution...

The History of Murder: The Most Serious Offence in Criminal Law

Since the beginning of recorded law, the offence of murder has been seen as the most serious of crimes, with the intentional taking of another’s life considered at least as heinous than any other human act. Despite how seriously it...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Dealing in the Proceeds of Crime

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has boasted the seizure of 47 vehicles, including 31 classic cars, as well as gold bullion and cash with a combined value of around $5 million, which they say was connected to a 46-year old...

The Commonwealth Offence of Possessing, Controlling Producing or Supplying Child Abuse Material

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The New South Wales Police Force recently reported that on 22 May 2022, a 55-detective senior constable attached to a specialist command was arrested and charged with sexual assault, following an investigation by officers attached to the Professional Standards Command....

How Can I Get Abusive Content Removed from the Internet?

Federal laws which came into effect earlier this year give the Australian eSafety Commissioner sweeping powers to gather information about those who post abusive, abhorrent or threatening content - including the identities behind pseudonyms - and compel internet companies to...

The Laws Relating to Cyber Bullying and Online Abuse in Australia

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The Online Safety Act 2021 (Cth) was passed by the Australian Parliament on 23 June 2021 and came into effect on 23 January 2022. The second reading speeches to the Act makes clear that its objectives include: Protecting Australian adults...

What is a Sentencing Discount in New South Wales?

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22 year old Sydney man Mert Ney has been sentenced to a full term of 44 years in prison, with a non-parole period of 33 years, after pleading guilty to murdering 24 year old sex worker Michaela Dunn before running...

Drug Possession Charge Quashed Due to Illegal Search

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A man was recently acquitted of a conviction of drug possession in the NSW District Court, when he appealed his conviction by the Local Court on the ground that a police officer’s search was unlawful. The case reiterates that police...
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