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Stephanie Beckedahl

Pill Testing

By Stephanie Beckedahl / February 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

As you’re aware, pill testing has been at the forefront of the media over the last few weeks. It comes in the wake of a number of young people dying at festivals from alleged drug overdoses. There has been public outcry, asking the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, to consider pill testing at NSW festivals, and…

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On the spot fines for possession of prohibited drugs

By Stephanie Beckedahl / February 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

On 25 January 2019, the NSW Government implemented legislation enabling police officers to issue on the spot fines for drug possession offences. What does this mean? Police officers will have the discretion and power to issue a $400 fine to offenders found with illicit drugs in their possession. They will not be required to attend…

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Proposed on the spot fines for low-range drink driving offences

By Stephanie Beckedahl / October 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

The NSW government recently proposed to give police new powers to issue on-the-spot fines and licence suspensions for first time, low-range drink driving offences. A low-range drink driving offence applies to a driver who has recorded a prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA) of between 0.05 – 0.08. The proposal has generated a lot of discussion,…

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Digital Driver’s Licences – convenience or concern?

By Stephanie Beckedahl / October 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

The NSW Parliament recently passed a Bill allowing for Digital Driver’s Licences to be used for proof of identity and proof of age purposes. Driver’s will still be issued with a physical card, however, they will no longer be required to carry it on them if they are able to produce a valid digital driver’s…

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Supreme Court jurisdiction questioned for hearing bail applications

By Stephanie Beckedahl / September 28, 2018 / 0 Comments

In the recent decision of Noufl v Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW)[i] the Supreme Court ruled it did not have the jurisdiction to hear a bail application while an appeal was pending in the Court of Criminal Appeal. The decision was an appeal against conviction, with the appellant applying for bail whilst the matter was…

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Can you be charged with inciting someone to commit an offence even if they don’t act on it?

By Stephanie Beckedahl / September 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

The short answer is: generally, yes, but it depends on the circumstances of the case. In the eyes of the law, inciting a person to commit an offence that, if committed would be of a criminal nature, is sufficient regardless of whether the person carries out the act relating to the incitement. However, the courts…

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Speeding offences – when you can appeal and what you need to do for your appeal?

By Stephanie Beckedahl / September 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

It is important to note that if your licence is suspended you only have 28 days to lodge an appeal. If your licence is suspended by police, you have 28 days from the date your licence is suspended. If you receive a notice of suspension form the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) you have 28…

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