criminal law

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...

Community With People

Community corrections order – Impacts and issues

The new Community Corrections Order (CCO) has been introduced and consequently Intensive Correction Orders (ICO), suspended sentences for certain offences and home detention sentences have disappeared. I anticipate that there will be a number of issues initiated by the change. ...

Hand Holding a Substance

DNA – The defence approach

Guest blog post by John Desmond, barrister. The first item on the agenda for competent criminal defence lawyers faced with DNA evidence that inculpates and appears probative is to do your homework or ‘due diligence”. A competent lawyer can only...