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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 circumstances, the victim and perpetrator are not acquainted and the attack is unprovoked.  Due to the […]
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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 offences. The sentencing and penalties for these offences depend on the severity and type of the offence and […]
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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 reduce the level of recidivism within Western Australia. The seminar explored the role and […]
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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 driving offences.  The following are the most frequent queries that Lawson Legal encounters: disqualification takes effect IMMEDIATELY (make sure that you […]
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ARMED ROBBERIES ON PHARMACIES

On 1 May 2012, Richard Lawson, from Lawson Legal, appeared before Justice Simmonds in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, in relation to an armed robbery offence. In the matter of The State of Western Australia v Jennings [2012] WASCSR 73, the accused pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery at earliest opportunity.  Mr […]
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