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Police Station

Can Lawyers Attend Police Interviews?

Can Lawyers Attend Police Interviews? The issue of whether criminal lawyers can attend a Police Interview has a couple of very simple answers: “yes they can” and “yes we do”. I was contacted recently by a man who was struggling because...

Incident That May Validate the Criminal Defence of Self Defence

Defence Series – Self Defence

Defence Series – Self Defence Fights and conflict are often complicated. There may be an argument where both sides get physical with one another. While one person may be left with more serious injuries, this does not necessarily mean that...

Man Facing Family Hardship to Go Through Sentencing

Family Hardship and Sentencing in Victoria

Family Hardship and Sentencing in Victoria When a person is sentenced to a term of immediate imprisonment, the impact on their family – children, parents, siblings – is profound. While the courts can give weight to the hardship a person’s...

Honest and Reasonable Mistake of Belief

Defence of Honest and Reasonable Mistake of Fact: What is it and When Does it Apply?

Defence of Honest and Reasonable Mistake of Fact: What is it and When Does it Apply? When is the defence available? The defence of honest and reasonable mistake of fact is available in strict liability offences. A strict liability offence...

Protest

Assault and Affray

Assault and Affray No doubt you would have seen in the news recently that people protesting against COVID-19-related restrictions have been charged with several different types of assault. You might be wondering why this is and more importantly, does this...