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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...

NSW Police Crackdown is Devastating the Nimbin Community

by Paul Gregoire
NSW police carried out a series of six raids in Nimbin and Lismore on June 28 last year. A total of eleven men between the ages of 21 and 35 were arrested and charged with supplying marijuana. These men are known...

Police Want Lockout Laws Across the State

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The NSW lockout laws were hailed a success at the end of last year, with data suggesting the clamp-down on bars and nightclubs has reduced violence in the city centre and Kings Cross precinct by as much as 40%. However,...

NSW Court Rules that Identification Based Partly on a Media Report is Admissible

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
A riot broke out in the Fowler Compound of Villawood Detention Centre on April 20, 2011. What initially began as a rooftop protest against conditions in the centre by a handful of detainees, soon escalated into a chaotic disturbance involving about...

Motorcycle Club Member in Court Over Brawl

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
A high-ranking motorcycle club member is facing court after a brawl at Wallsend in the Hunter Valley just before Christmas – and police are talking tough, promising to crackdown on club members in the region. Police attended the scene on...

Legalise It: An interview with Australian Hemp Party President Michael Balderstone

by Paul Gregoire
It’s been a big year for marijuana in Australia. In February, federal parliament passed the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 allowing for the legal cultivation, manufacture and distribution of medicinal cannabis. Under the new system – which came into effect on October...

Violence in Sport: What Does the Law Say?

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
It seems like a week doesn’t go by without a footy player being in the media spotlight for a criminal offence – whether ‘recreational’ drug use, a nightclub brawl, or even worse, domestic violence. Believe it or not, many footballers...

Brexit Vote Leads to Surge in Hate Crimes

by Zeb Holmes
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...

Sydney Nightlife is Dead, and Queensland is Set to Follow

by Ugur Nedim
Queensland bars and clubs will be prohibited from selling shots and high alcohol content drinks after midnight, under new rules intended to curb alcohol-fuelled violence in that state. From 1st July, patrons will also be prevented from buying alcohol after...
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