Category: Traffic Law

Van Carrying $200 Million in Illegal Drugs Crashes Into Parked Police Cars


It has been reported that just before 10.30am on Monday, 22nd July 2019, a van carrying 273 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine – or ‘ice’ – crashed into police cars parked outside Eastwood Police Station in Sydney’s north-west. Officers inside the station are reported to have heard a loud bang before walking out to see significant …
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The Offence of Police Pursuit in New South Wales


A man will face Gosford Local Court today after allegedly leading police on a chase before ramming a police car and causing injuries to two officers. It has been reported that at around 8.45am yesterday, highway patrol officers detected a Subaru travelling above the speed limit on Matcham Road in Matcham. A pursuit commenced and …
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Punishment Disguised as Safety: The Injustice of Drug Driving Laws


Enpsychedelia presenter Nick Wallis hosted a roadside drug testing forum on 4 May at the Nimbin MardiGrass, with panellists that included Reason Party leader Fiona Patten, HEMP Party secretary Andrew Kavasilas and renowned medicinal cannabis practitioner Dr Andrew Katelaris. During the event, panellists pointed to the injustices propagated by the flawed regime that instead of …
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The Offence of Mid-Range Drink Driving in New South Wales


New South Wales Waratahs and Australian Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu has been fined and disqualified from driving after pleading guilty in Downing Centre Local Court to driving with a middle range prescribed concentration of alcohol and driving whilst suspended. According to police papers, the 26-year old was detected asleep behind the wheel of his moving …
Sydney Criminal Lawyers®

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 17 to 23 June 2019


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Drivers Face Fines for ‘Normal’ Passenger Behaviour Drivers, make sure your passengers keep their devices hidden and that they don’t get too comfortable! Click here to read the article NSW District Court Judge Slams Brutal Police The judge made clear …
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Drivers Face Fines for ‘Normal’ Passenger Behaviour


It’s a law you may not know about, but certainly one worth brushing up on. You’re on a long drive and your front seat passenger is relaxing watching a YouTube clip or a movie on a tablet or smart phone. Seems harmless enough, right? Actually, as a driver, you can be given three demerit points …
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When is it Illegal to Use A Vehicle’s Horn?


Regulation 224 of the Road Rules 2014 (NSW) states that a driver must not use, or allow to be used, a horn, or similar warning device, fitted to or in the driver’s vehicle unless: it is necessary to use the horn, or warning device, to warn other road users or animals of the approach or position of the vehicle, …
Sydney Criminal Lawyers®

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 27 May to 2 June 2019


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Torres Strait Takes Australia to UN Over Climate Inaction: An Interview With 350’s Glen Klatovsky Torres Strait Islander communities affected by rising sea levels have filed a complaint over Australia’s inaction on climate change. Click here to read the article …
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Passive Smoking Defence Exposes Flawed Drug Driving Regime


Magistrate David Heilpern has delivered yet another landmark ruling that reveals the shonky logic underlying the drug driving regime in NSW. The Lismore magistrate accepted last month that a woman tested positive to cannabis because of passive smoking. Nicole Spackman was found not guilty of drug driving after testing positive, after testifying she hadn’t smoked …
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Drug Driving Charges and the Defence of Honest and Reasonable Mistake


A recent decision in the Local Court of NSW has highlighted the availability of the defence of honest and reasonable mistake of fact against charges of driving with the presence of an illicit substance – or ‘drug driving’. The case Nicole Spackman was pulled over for a roadside ‘lick test’ which registered a positive reading. …