Criminal Law

By Jane Carey

22.07.16

My child is not a criminal: Teenagers Sexting

Picture a typical Australian Mother at home, receiving a phone call, out of the blue, from an Australian Federal Police officer about her 15 year old daughter: “I’m afraid she has been charged…

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Criminal Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Tom Taylor

07.07.16

“You do not have to say or do anything”: Why you should not answer police questions

It is a scenario any one of us could face when we least expect it and a client’s most common question. Should I be answering police questions? Whether innocent or otherwise, police may…

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Criminal Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Ben Aulich & Associates Ben Aulich & Associates

23.06.16

ADFA cadet accused of raping fellow Defence member pleads not guilty

A 19-year-old Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) cadet charged with raping a female cadet in Canberra has pleaded not guilty. It is alleged Jack Toby Mitchell raped the 18-year-old woman while she was…

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Criminal Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Kate Gunther

23.06.16

Should offensive online comments really be a crime?

Nearly all of us have an online presence whether that be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, and in some cases, Grindr and Tinder.  We frequently communicate with each other, for various purposes, using…

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Criminal Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Adrian McKenna

26.05.16

Why Canberra’s Draconian Drug Driving Laws Must Change

Adrian McKenna, Senior Associate at Ben Aulich & Associates, calls for reform to laws unfairly punishing drivers with cannabis in their system. The Canberra community is increasingly learning the fallacy of the ACT…

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Criminal Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Peter Woodhouse

12.05.16

Shielding yourself from wrongful gaol time: What beyond reasonable doubt really means

Peter Woodhouse, partner at Ben Aulich & Associates, looks at a fundamental jury question in criminal trials. I have been involved in many jury trials and I cannot think of one where a jury…

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Criminal Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Jane Carey

15.04.16

Self-defence: When do you cross the line?

How far can you go to defend yourself? Jane Carey looks further into the issue of self-defence. At some point in your life you will probably face a time when either you or…

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Criminal Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Tom Taylor

04.04.16

Why police should foot the legal bill for criminal defendants in NSW and the ACT

When should police pay? Tom Taylor of Ben Aulich & Associates takes a closer look at costs in criminal matters: If you or someone you know is charged with a crime in the…

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Criminal Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Kate Gunther

17.03.16

Is prison the only way? Rehabilitating Canberra’s offenders.

Ben Aulich & Associates’ Kate Gunther considers a new approach to punishment in the ACT: Given recent reports of overflow in the Alexander Maconochie Centre, Canberra’s only prison, it is timely to question…

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By Jane Carey

08.01.16

Checking in: Mobile phone location data in criminal law matters

JANE CAREY, lawyer at BA&A has some interesting information to share in relation to mobile phone data:   Sharing your instant filtered photo of your kale smoothie with perfectly poached eggs on quinoa…

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