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Man Pointing a Gun to Someone Which is a Form of Duress

Defence of Duress

Defence of Duress We often get asked by our clients what defences are available to them when they have been charged. If you are able to raise a defence successfully, it often means that you are found not guilty of...

Person With Cognitive Impairment Going Through a Police Interview

Know Your Rights: Police Interviews for People with Cognitive Impairments

Know Your Rights: Police Interviews for People with Cognitive Impairments People with cognitive impairments are vastly overrepresented in the criminal justice system. Protective measures put in place on initial contact with police ensure that a vulnerable person’s rights are protected,...

Forfeiture Orders and Automatic Forfeiture Orders Under the Victorian Confiscation Act

Forfeiture Orders and Automatic Forfeiture Orders Under the Victorian Confiscation Act If your property is “tainted” by alleged criminal offending, the state may apply to permanently take it away from you. The mechanism used to do this is called a...

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...

Client and Lawyer

Can I Tell My Lawyer Everything?

Can I Tell My Lawyer Everything? The short answer to the question “Can I tell my lawyer everything?”: Yes. The long answer: information you give your solicitor, what we call client instructions, is likely to be categorised as either “confidential”...