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What Is Considered ‘Offensive’ Under NSW Criminal Law?

Offensive conduct is a frequently prosecuted crime in NSW. Section 4 of the Summary Offences Act 1988 provides that “a person must not conduct himself or herself in an offensive manner in or near, or within view or hearing from,...

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...

Sydney Man Appeals Conviction for Swearing

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A Sydney man was arrested for swearing at a NSW police officer, and is now fighting his Local Court conviction for using offensive language. When 29-year-old Filip Black was stopped by police, they asked him what he was doing in...

Precious Police Officer Arrests Heckler

Video footage has been published of a NSW detective inspector giving a press conference outside Albury police station when an apparently intoxicated man walks from across the street with a beer in his hand and yells “bullshit”. The seasoned officer is so...

The Cop Who Helped Reduce Street Crime

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Rather than employing heavy-handed tactics and a punitive approach when dealing with anti-social teens, police in the Western Sydney suburb of Blacktown have been tackling youth crime a different way. And the results speak for themselves. When police superintendent Mark...

Judge Tells Defendant “You’re a bit of a c**t yourself”

Judges are meant to have thick-skins, and are frequently disrespected by defendants who cannot contain their anger or feel they have nothing more to lose. But one judge stunned Chelmsford Crown Court in the UK by giving as good as...

Pressure Becoming Too Much for Wicked Campers

The Queensland Government plans to take sexist, misogynistic and other inappropriate messages off the road following talks between Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath, the Department of Transport and Advertising Standards Bureau. The outcome of the talks is to get Wicked campervans, and...

Brexit Vote Leads to Surge in Hate Crimes

Since Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, police in London have made 75% more arrests for hate crimes. In weeks before and after the vote, the number of reported hate crimes has surged by 42 per cent – with...

Islamic College Targeted by Hate Criminals

In the latest of several recent anti-Islamic crimes, a four-wheel drive has been firebombed and racist graffiti sprayed at the Australian Islamic College in WA, while hundreds prayed at a nearby Mosque. The attack has led to calls for greater...

Push to Ban Wicked Campers

Two NSW local governments are pushing to ban ‘Wicked Campers’ from their roads, claiming the graffiti-style slogans are overly offensive. The campers have caused quite a stir in recent years, displaying provocative phrases like: ‘Fat girls are easier to kidnap’, ‘To...
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