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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 calling for harsher sentences, with the courts perceived as too lenient on crime. Unfortunately, the public is largely misinformed about […]
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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 Prosecutions have the power to confiscate property which is: Unexplained wealth Criminal benefits Crime-used property Crime-derived […]
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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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