BOCSAR Crime Stats

crime statistics nsw

The good news for those of us who live and work on the mid-north Coast is that crime is declining. Here’s an in depth look at the latest figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR). The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) is a government-funded agency within the Department […]

Concealing a serious indictable offence

Concealing A Serious Indictable Offence

In New South Wales you can face serious criminal charges if you have information about a serious crime, and don’t pass this information onto authorities. A second man has been charged over the death of 17-year old Ned Gronow in Casino earlier this year. An 18-year old will face Lismore Local Court next month, charged […]

HOW TO GET BAIL ……. some of the basics of applying for bail

how to apply for bail nsw

In NSW, generally speaking, there are 4 reasons *1 why police and courts can refuse to grant bail to a defendant: There is a risk the person will commit further serious offences while on bail; The community or a particular victim(s) will be endangered if the person is on bail; If bailed, there is a […]

No Body, No Parole Laws in NSW

Murder Charges

The New South Wales Government is set to introduce new laws this week, which will affect those people convicted of murder and serving prison time in the state, where the victims body has never been found. ‘No body, no parole’ laws have been discussed for several years, and have, over time, been implemented in other […]

What is a Conditional Release Order?

Local Court Lawyer Nsw

Conditional release orders (CROs) are a type of sentencing. They were introduced in 2018, to replace good behaviour bonds. When a person has been found guilty of a crime in New South Wales (either at a hearing or my entering a plea of guilty), a Judge or Magistrate can impose a CRO with a criminal […]

You can be charged with drug supply, without actually selling drugs 

Drug Supply Laws NSW

In the news this week – a New South Wales man has confessed to trading cocaine for secret and unlawful access to a gym to work out during the Sydney Covid-19 lockdowns. Police arrested the man after an investigation that included surveillance and the interception of more than 25,000 text messages and phone calls. He […]

What does it mean to appeal a criminal conviction?

appeal in the court

The news that has dominated headlines recently is the story of Jarryd Hayne walking free from jail, having had his sexual assault convictions quashed. The former NRL star was convicted late last year of two counts of sexual assault. After a jury found him guilty his legal team launched an appeal against his conviction. Every […]

What is the offence of Child Abduction in New South Wales?

Child Abduction Offences

People around Australia let out a collective sigh of relief this week, some even shed a tear, at the very happy news that 4-year old Cleo Smith was found by Western Australian Police and had been reunited with her family. The little girl was taken from her parents’ tent in early hours of the morning […]

The long term effects of a criminal conviction

criminal convictions

A lot of people mistakenly believe that criminal convictions are only given for serious criminal offences such as assault and murder, not realising that you can have a conviction entered against you for an offence such as negligent driving or possessing a tiny amount of drugs. Then, once you have a criminal conviction, you need […]

6 Tips on: How To Find a Good Lawyer

1: A “good lawyer” is a lawyer experienced in providing legal advice in the area of law you require, who also has a good reputation. For example, you consult a lawyer, with a good reputation and experience in family law, if you are going through a divorce.  Your search should include terms like: “family lawyer […]

Need a lawyer after the Byron Bluesfest?

Local court lawyer for Byron Bay Bluefest

Post-bluesfest blues, from the men and women in blue: Byron Bay BLUESFEST – It was fun until that happened……. If your holiday on the NSW north coast resulted in you spending a few quality minutes with the Police, and instead of a chocolate bunny for Easter, you got a court attendance notice, for Byron Local […]