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MANDATORY SENTENCING IN WA

Increasingly, Australian parliaments are intervening in sentencing practices. In Western Australia, this includes the recent expansion of the “three strikes” home burglary laws. Politicians enacting mandatory sentencing laws claim to be responding to the public...

CONFISCATION OF MONEY AND PROPERTY IN CRIMINAL LAW

In Western Australia, there are very harsh laws regarding proceeds of crime and confiscation of property.  They were implemented to prevent individuals benefitting from crime. Under the Criminal Property Confiscation Act 2000 (WA) the police and Director of Public...

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ONE PUNCH LAW

In popular nightlife entertainment areas, such as Northbridge, violent attacks are becoming more prevalent, including the ‘one punch’ attacks or coward’s punches.  They are characterised by an individual serving a single blow to another, which causes death.  In most...

TOUGHER METHAMPHETAMINE LAWS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

In Western Australia, the principle legislation governing drug offences is the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981. This legislation makes illegal: Possessing drugs; Manufacturing drugs; Trafficking drugs; Cultivating or selling plants used in making drugs; and General drug...

DIVERSION PROGRAMS AT CENTRAL LAW COURTS IN PERTH

In July 2012, Richard Lawson, from Lawson Legal, attended a seminar pertaining to diversion programs, offered at the Central Law Courts in Perth, applicable to Perth criminal lawyers. The objectives of diversion programs are to: reduce the rate of imprisonment; and...

EXTRAORDINARY DRIVERS’ LICENCE APPLICATIONS

Lawson Legal has represented numerous clients charged with traffic offences throughout Western Australia.  Many matters consist of drink driving offences and extraordinary drivers’ licence applications. There are several misconceptions about the law governing drink...