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NSW SENTENCING REFORMS

In 2011, the NSW Government asked the NSW Law Reform Commission to complete a review of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act. This piece of legislation outlines the available sentences for criminal offences and outlines the considerations the Court must take into court when deciding on sentence. Fast forward to 24 September 2018 and we will […]

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REMOVING DISQUALIFICATION PERIODS

ARE YOU DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING? If you have been disqualified from driving, you may be in luck. In October 2017 the law in NSW was changed meaning that eligible people can apply to the Local Court to have their disqualification periods removed from their driver licence. So, who is an eligible person? You can apply […]

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APPEALING A LICENCE SUSPENSION

The Roads & Maritime Services (the RMS) and the NSW Police can suspend your licence for a number of reasons. Most licence suspensions can be appealed to the Local Court. This means you are asking the Court to review the decision. If your licence has been suspended, or you receive notice that it will be […]

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IT’S NOT BLACK AND WHITE WHEN IT COMES TO SENDING NUDE PICTURES

Technology is at the forefront of communication in our society. With the evolution of ‘sexting’, we need to take a closer look at what is lawful and what is not. It is often said that once something is on the internet it cannot be erased. This might also leave a permanent record of an offence. […]

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WHAT SHOULD I DO IF APPROACHED BY THE POLICE?

Being approached by the Police can be nerve racking and can lead innocent people to do silly things. It is important you know your rights if approached by Police Officers in New South Wales. Even if you feel there is no reason for the Police to be talking to you, it is important to stay […]

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The traffic offender intervention program

If you are going to Court for a drink or drug-driving matter in New South Wales, you might like to think about enrolling in the Traffic Offender Intervention Program. The program aims to reduce the likelihood of people re-offending and can affect the sentence the Court imposes. The program is run in Orange by the […]

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How to write a character reference letter for court

If you are appearing in Court for a criminal matter, a character reference can help the Court to appreciate your situation and give context to the reason you committed the offences. A number of people can provide you with a character reference and they don’t have to know you in a professional capacity. We suggest […]

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