Criminal & Traffic Law

Hands off that mobile phone while driving! New penalties for learners and P1 drivers from 22 January 2016

Hello all! Did you know that from 22 January 2016, learners and provisional P1 (red Ps) licence holders are not permitted to use a mobile phone AT ALL (regardless of bluetooth or hands free options) while driving or riding. They must be parked away from the traffic to use the phone at all. Learner and …

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Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol and Drink Driving

Under the Road Transport (Safety & Traffic Management) Act 1999 Police have the power under Section 13 of that Act to conduct random breath tests to eliminate Drink Driving. The operative word is random and the Police do not need the driver of a motor vehicle to have committed any offence before a formal demand …

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Police Powers – Your rights and responsibilities

Who can arrest me and why?

Criminal Sentencing – Intensive Correction Orders

On 1 October 2010 there was a significant change to the sentencing law of New South Wales. On this day Periodic Detention ceased to be a sentencing option in New South Wales and a new community sentencing option called “An Intensive Correction Order” became available. This change is contained in the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act …

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Section 32 Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) ACT 1990

Under Section 32 a magistrate can make an order called a “Section 32 Order”. It means you don’t pay a fine or go to gaol, however you have to agree to get some help.

Criminal Law – FAQs

Q. I’ve just been arrested by the police. What are my rights? A. Perhaps the most important right you have is a general right to silence. There are exceptions to this which we will discuss below. Generally the police should caution you that you do not have to say anything. If you suspect or know …

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