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Doogue + George Criminal Law Articles

Drive an Unregistered Vehicle

Drive an Unregistered Vehicle

Have you been charged with Drive an Unregistered Vehicle? All motor vehicles and trailers that are driven on public roads in Victoria must be registered with VicRoads. Unless a person has an Unregistered Vehicle Permit, or the vehicle is exempt...

Display “L” Plate

Display “L” Plate

If a learner driver drives a motor vehicle on a highway without an L plate, or has an L plate on said vehicle however was improperly displayed, then the person may be charged with the traffic offence of Displasy “L”...

Offence to Drive High-Powered Vehicle

Offence to Drive High-Powered Vehicle

This offence is committed by a person who drives a probationary prohibited vehicle on a highway despite being a holder of a probationary driver’s licence. Defences A person accused of the Offence to Drive High-Powered Vehicle may be defended in...

Probationary Driver – No “P” Plates

Probationary Driver – No “P” Plates

Probationary Driver – No “P” Plates is a traffic offence that may be charged against a person who fails to have a “P” plate displayed on his/her vehicle when he/she holds a probationary driver’s licence. Defences The defence typically used...

Possession of Child Abuse Material

Possession of Child Abuse Material

In Victoria, section 51G of the Crimes Act is the offence of Possessing Child Abuse Material, which is the illegal act of storing or downloading pornographic or compromised images of children. Do the Police want to speak with you about...

Failure to Answer Questions When Attending Before the Commissioner

Failure to Answer Questions When Attending Before the Commissioner

This offence occurs during the hearing of a tax law matter. It is when someone refuses to answer questions or to produce a document. Which court will the case be heard in? Failure to Answer Questions When Attending Before the...

Recklessly Cause Injury

Recklessly Cause Injury

Recklessly cause injury is a charge that is often dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court. The charge is generally laid in situations where a person recklessly injures another and there has not been any serious injury caused. In this instance,...

Dealing With Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime

Dealing With Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime

When someone possess property that the Police suspect is stolen or obtained as a result of a crime.   Which court will the case be heard in? Dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime is normally heard in...

Use of a Drug of Dependence

Use of a Drug of Dependence

‘Use a Drug of Dependence’ is an offence contrary to s 75 of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (the Act). Defences Defences to this charge can be: Authorisation or license; Duress; Factual dispute; Honest and reasonable mistake...