criminal law

Sentencing Book

Baseline offences – Adding up the difference between median and baseline

Written by Bill Doogue.Partner, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers. There has been some struggle to get to the essence of what will happen with baseline offences, since the introduction of the amended Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences) Bill 2014 in April last year....

County Court

VLA consultation on criminal trials and proposed changes

Written by Bill Doogue. Partner, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers.   The Victoria Legal Aid “VLA” consultation on criminal trials is an interesting document. It is hard to fault most of what it puts forward. From my perspective, the consultation can...

Woman Holding a Cellphone

Understanding mobile phone technical terms and acronyms

As defence lawyers we spend a lot of time working out issues about our clients’ mobile phones; Who do we subpoena to get information for a particular number? Where were they at a certain time? (what tower were they near...

Police Station

Police record checks

Written by Andrew George. Partner, Doogue + George Criminal Defence Lawyers. Recently, my colleague Bill Doogue tweeted a link to an article from a Canadian news publication which posed the question, should a heap of prior convictions stop someone from becoming a lawyer?...

Chemical Processing

Understanding the basics of drug testing reports

Guest post by Dr. Michael Robertson – Independent Forensic Consulting Dr. Robertson is a forensic toxicologist at Independent Forensic Consulting and a specialist consultant to a range of medico-legal organisations. Dr. Robertson graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic...