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Will My Case be Dismissed if the Alleged Victim Fails to Attend Court?

by Ugur Nedim
A question criminal defence lawyers are often asked is, will my criminal charges be thrown out of court if the complainant (also known as the ‘alleged victim’) fails to turn up to the defended hearing? Answering this question can raise...

Sydney Brothers Not Guilty of Manslaughter

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
By Ugur Nedim and Brooke Watson Our client is a 40 year old man from Greystanes in greater Western Sydney. He lived with his older brother and elderly mother until her death in September 2017. On 23 August 2017, our...

Are There Situations Where a Person Who ‘Confesses’ Should Plead ‘Not Guilty’?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Tim Watkins was only 22 years old when he was left for dead by the side of Wilsons Creek Road earlier this year. He was riding his bicycle home from a mates’ house shortly after midnight on a road he...

The Rules for Changing a Plea from Guilty to Not Guilty

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
On 30 June 2004, Raymond Wong pleaded guilty before a magistrate in the Sydney Local Court to one count of committing an act of indecency, contrary to repealed section 61N of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). At the time, Wong...

Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Assaulting Woman

by Zeb Holmes & Ugur Nedim
A serving Victorian policeman has been found not guilty of four assault charges after he smashed his way into a woman’s home together with seven other officers 22 years ago, punched her up to seven times in the face and...

Not Guilty on All Charges: An Interview With Medicinal Cannabis Crusader Dr Andrew Katelaris

by Paul Gregoire
At around noon on Thursday, a jury found renowned medicinal cannabis practitioner Dr Andrew Katelaris not guilty on a number of very serious charges relating to the supply and manufacture of cannabis medicines. Representing himself in court, Dr Katelaris argued...

Can I Change My Plea from Guilty to Not Guilty?

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Defendants who are charged with criminal offences are often unsure as to how they should plead. This uncertainty may arise as a result of not fully understanding the essential elements (or ingredients) of the charges they are facing. They may...

Can I plead guilty if I am innocent?

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Unlike in the United States, defendants in criminal cases do not have the right to a court appointed lawyer in Australia. This means people who cannot afford to pay for a private lawyer but are not eligible for legal aid...

Can I Change My Plea? Reversing Laws NSW

by Ugur Nedim
If you are charged with a criminal offence, you will be required to indicate a plea where you state that you either accept the charges (guilty) or you wish to defend yourself against them (not guilty). A plea is usually...

What is a guilty plea discount?

by Ugur Nedim
When you are charged with a criminal offence, you are given the option of pleading ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’. Pleading guilty means that you accept the charges against you, and admit to the offence. If you plead not guilty, your...
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