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Police slow down on speeding fines

November 30, 2018

Click to Call Testimonials Find an Expert POLICE SLOW DOWN ON SPEEDING FINES South Australia Police have announced that they have temporarily withdrawn hand-held speed detection analysers (Lidars) from use. With this withdrawal comes the decision to also withdraw 125 prosecutions for speeding offences involving Lidars currently before the courts. What’s going on? What’s happened?…

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Guilty plea doesn’t mean it’s in the bag – what is a disputed facts hearing

November 29, 2018

Click to Call Testimonials Find an Expert GUILTY PLEA DOESN’T MEAN IT’S IN THE BAG – WHAT IS A DISPUTED FACTS HEARING Recently, a woman who was charged with stealing an 88 year old man’s briefcase that contained over $30,000 admitted to theft of the case, but said that there was only $1,500 inside.  What…

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Paralowie man awarded over $130,000 for assault by police

November 12, 2018

Click to Call Testimonials Find an Expert PARALOWIE MAN AWARDED OVER $130,000 FOR ASSAULT BY POLICE Recently in the District Court an order was made that the State of South Australia pay compensation to an individual on behalf of numerous members of the South Australian Police Force for assault, battery and false imprisonment. The man…

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Sawn off rifle wasn’t a smoking gun

June 9, 2018

Click to Call Testimonials Find an Expert SAWN OFF RIFLE WASN’T A SMOKING GUN A recent appeal in the Supreme Court shows some of the issues that come up when police have to prove that a person was in possession of something.  You might think that if someone is sitting in a car with a…

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Can police search me if I don’t say hello?

March 14, 2018

Click to Call Testimonials Find an Expert CAN POLICE SEARCH ME IF I DON’T SAY HELLO? When the police do something illegal and as a result they find evidence of an offence, does that mean that they can’t use that evidence in Court?  A recent case involving the unlawful search of a woman whom the…

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Police cautions: what are they and how do they work?

December 21, 2017

Click to Call POLICE CAUTIONS: WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW DO THEY WORK? – By Naomi Hill – Have you ever heard of a person being let off with just a caution after allegedly breaking the law? Cautions have been around for a long time, but in South Australia they were previously only used when…

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Police powers: first declared public precinct in Adelaide

November 16, 2017

Click to Call POLICE POWERS: FIRST DECLARED PUBLIC PRECINCT IN ADELAIDE – By Naomi Hill – In a South Australian first, police have been granted new powers to manage anti-social and disorderly behaviour by the declaration of a Public Precinct. Within the Public Precinct, police powers will be extended during certain times. Anyone who is…

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Criminal law: can the government take my property?

October 11, 2017

Click to Call CRIMINAL LAW: CAN THE GOVERNMENT TAKE MY PROPERTY? – By Naomi Hill – If you’ve been charged with a serious or indictable criminal offence, there’s a good chance that the South Australian Government will investigate your assets. Why? Because if it considers that your assets have been purchased or acquired from the…

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Industrial hemp laws: a licence to grow drug crops in your backyard?

October 10, 2017

Click to Call INDUSTRIAL HEMP LAWS: A LICENCE TO GROW DRUGS IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD? – By Naomi Hill – New laws in South Australia make it legal to produce industrial hemp. But does this mean that South Australians are now free to grow their own hemp crops at home? Here’s what you need to…

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Criminal law: what if a police search is unlawful?

September 21, 2017

Click to Call CRIMINAL LAW: WHAT IF A POLICE SEARCH IS UNLAWFUL? – By Marwa Shabbar – What happens when a police search is unlawful? Does it mean that the evidence will always be excluded, or are there exceptions? These questions were the subject of two recent decisions on stop and search issues. R v…

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