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Charged with possession of drugs – what happens next?

It is not unusual to see police officers and sniffer dogs frequenting music concerts, festivals and other major events to maximise safety and generally, enforce the law. Festivals such as Mardi Gras and other large music events attract a significant police presence...

What if the Police turn up at your front door?

The criminal process starts with the investigation of an actual or alleged crime. The power for New South Wales Police to search, arrest and detain a person for interrogation comes from the Law Enforcement (Powers & Responsibilities) Act 2002 which sets out when...

Shining a light on drink driving in NSW

Drink driving continues to be one of the main causes of road fatalities and injuries, responsible for 30% of fatalities and 9% of serious road injuries in Australia. If you consider the statistics it is clear why successive Governments and the Police support strong...

What to do if your driver’s Licence is at risk

Did you know that in certain circumstances a driver of a motor vehicle, who may otherwise have their licence suspended or possibly cancelled, may be able to apply to a Court for a good behaviour licence? And did you know that it may be possible to have a Court review...

Understanding what a Plea in Mitigation means

If a person pleads “guilty” in a criminal case there will be an opportunity to address the Court before sentencing. This oral address is made, usually by the offenders lawyer, in an endeavor to ensure the minimum sentence possible in the circumstances and to assist...

What are my legal rights? Most people do not know!

This might seem a basic question but so many people simply do not know what their legal rights are. If you have teenage or adult children it is prudent to check their understanding. For some in the community, particularly if they are young or unworldly this can...