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The Offence of Wounding or Causing Grievous Bodily Harm With Intent in NSW

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Since 2007, all New South Wales venues have been ‘smoke free’ except for designated smoking areas, and any individual who doesn’t abide by the rules can be fined $300. Altercation over smoking According to reports, a  group of five men...

The Great Aussie Shit Fight Over Toilet Paper

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
At first, it was mildly humorous to see people stocking up on toilet paper. And to see the various memes floating around the internet taking the mickey out of the latest Australian shopping craze, showing innovative solutions, like toilets hooked...

Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities in Public Places

by Jarryd Bartle & Ugur Nedim
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will soon be in full swing, with glitter, tassels and jockstraps flying off shelves like hotcakes as revellers gear up for the fabulous Oxford Street parade on the 29th of February. As with...

The Offence of Consorting in New South Wales

by Paul Gregoire
In the nation’s capital territory, motorcycle club-related crime is reportedly on the rise. Recent incidents have included a large brawl in a bar between rival club members, a targeted shooting and the fire-bombing of a house. In response, ACT attorney...

Sparked by the Cronulla Riots: NSW Police Emergency Public Disorder Powers

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
Groups of young Anglo Australians began congregating along southern Sydney’s North Cronulla Beach at around 8 am on Sunday, 11 December 2005. Drinking heavily, cooking barbeques and draped in Union Jacks, the crowd had grown to around 5,000 strong by...

Acting in defence of another person. What does the law say?

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Imagine this. Your teenage daughter is at the shopping mall with friends after school. She calls to tell you she is being beaten up. By a grown woman. As the story unfolds, you find out that she and another girl...

Tasmania to Enact Anti-Consorting Laws

by Zeb Holmes & Ugur Nedim
The Tasmanian government is pushing through new legislation to criminalise the act of consorting with those who have ‘served their time’. Restricting associations The proposal would make it a crime for a convicted offender to associate with with another within...

Government Promises Not to Abuse its New Powers

by Zeb Holmes & Ugur Nedim
Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter is adamant that neither the current nor any future government would ever use the proposed expanded Defence Act powers to call on the defence force for domestic purposes. The Defence Amendment (Call out of the Australian...

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...

Casual Conversations Do Not Amount to Consorting

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
Since their enactment in 2012, the use of consorting laws by NSW police has come under significant scrutiny. The consorting law legislation was introduced into parliament by the O’Farrell government, ostensibly in response to rising gun violence attributed to motorcycle club members and organised...
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