Understanding Affray and Public Violence: What is It and Its Punishment

Imagine walking home on a Friday evening when your otherwise quiet neighbourhood becomes a distressing setting of a public disturbance. This public display of violent disorder towards bystanders, other individuals or even public property is a serious concern that needs to be considered.  In this particular case, this particular action can be considered as the [...]

2023-05-19T16:27:42+10:00November 21st, 2022|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Understanding Affray and Public Violence: What is It and Its Punishment

An Introduction to Break-in and Enter Laws

Being charged with a break-and-enter offence is punishable by imprisonment of 5 years or more. If the police charge you with this offence, you must understand what constitutes breaking and entering, and what you can do to defend yourself. What are break-and-enter offences? As enumerated in Part 4 of the Crimes Act of 1900, break-and-enter [...]

2023-05-30T10:10:35+10:00November 7th, 2022|Criminal Law|0 Comments

Changes in the New Sexual Consent Laws in Australia

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that “almost 2 million adults have experienced at least one sexual assault since 15.” This number, however, may not reflect those incidents where victims decided not to report the incidence of sexual assaults. As this alarming number continues to be a tragic concern for the welfare of [...]

2022-10-10T13:50:04+11:00October 24th, 2022|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Changes in the New Sexual Consent Laws in Australia

Everything You Need to Know About Bail

Are you charged with a criminal offence?  Whether it’s a minor or serious offence, you will likely receive a "Notice to Appear" from the Magistrates Court. This notice will include the time and date of your attendance. Moreover, the police might arrest you and take you into custody if you are accused of a serious [...]

2022-10-10T13:49:55+11:00October 10th, 2022|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Everything You Need to Know About Bail

Larceny or Robbery: Is There a Difference between the two and What Might that Be?

Taking away another person’s property without their consent is immoral. In the eyes of Australian laws, this is the crime that constitutes “larceny.”  Under section 117 of the Crimes Act 1900, larceny occurs when an individual takes or carries away an object or an item capable of being stolen without the consent of the item’s [...]

2022-10-10T13:50:25+11:00September 26th, 2022|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Larceny or Robbery: Is There a Difference between the two and What Might that Be?

Hoon Driving and Burnouts

A "hoon" is defined as a person who deliberately drives a vehicle in a reckless or dangerous manner. Generally in order to provoke a reaction from onlookers. "Hooning" can include but not limited to speeding, burnouts, donuts, or screeching tyres.   In NSW, car hoon behaviour is the term given to anti-social and dangerous behaviour [...]

2023-05-19T16:27:57+10:00August 1st, 2022|Driving Offences|Comments Off on Hoon Driving and Burnouts

Good Behaviour Licence

Holders of unrestricted driver licences in New South Wales may elect to obtain a good behaviour licence rather than serve out their driver licence suspensions.    What is a good behaviour licence?  Section 36 of the Road Transport Act 2013 (NSW) provides a mechanism whereby full licence holders who have exceeded their demerit point limit may apply [...]

2023-05-30T10:15:16+10:00May 23rd, 2022|Driving Offences, Road and Driving|Comments Off on Good Behaviour Licence

Being Sentenced in the Local Court

Are you going to Court? Going to court is a very confronting experience. Orr Legal can you support you through this process.   What happens if I plead Guilty or I have been found guilty? If you plead guilty or are found guilty in the Local Court, the magistrate will sentence you. The sentence process will usually start straight after [...]

2023-02-27T02:04:43+11:00May 5th, 2022|Criminal Law, Driving Offences|Comments Off on Being Sentenced in the Local Court
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