What you need to know about AVOs

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is an order made by a court against somebody in circumstances where a person in need of protection can show that he or she has reasonable grounds to fear that somebody may engage in personal violence or intimidating or stalking... Read More

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... Read More

What to do if a sniffer dog likes you

Whether you’re Groovin the Moo, bringing the Blues to Byron Bay or Touching Base it’s likely you will encounter one or more sniffer dogs keeping an eye (or nose) out for illegal substances. If you attend festivals or other similar events, it is important to understand... Read More

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 offender’s lawyer, in an endeavor to ensure the minimum sentence possible in the circumstances and to... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More