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Preparing for Prison

Preparing for Prison

The basis of the advice we give to clients preparing for prison, the insights that have been shared by clients past and present, are outlined in this article. In the first episode of Orange is the New Black, the protagonist, Piper Chapman, is taken into custody at a...

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Youth Crime: Youth Justice Applications for Sentencing

Youth Crime: Youth Justice Applications for Sentencing

In Victoria, separate bail and sentencing regimes exist which apply specifically to children and young people. This article outlines the youth justice framework which applies to people under the age of 21 who are to be sentenced to serious offences (or multiple...

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Sentencing Act Compensation Applications

Sentencing Act Compensation Applications

In Victoria, if you have been found guilty and been convicted of an offence, you may be liable for victims compensation. Under the Sentencing Act, victims can apply for compensation if they have suffered injury as a result of the offender’s crime. Such orders differ...

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Understanding the 2024 Bail Reforms

Understanding the 2024 Bail Reforms

For a number of years, and particularly since the tragic events which unfolded in Bourke Street, Melbourne, in 2017, the issue of bail has been a contentious and political issue. More recently, the death of Veronica Nelson in custody (and the subsequent coronial...

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Understanding Different Manslaughter Charges in Victoria

Understanding Different Manslaughter Charges in Victoria

In Victoria, there are different offences that relate to the unlawful killing of another person. Aside from murder, these include: Voluntary manslaughter; Involuntary manslaughter; Single punch manslaughter (King hit manslaughter); Workplace manslaughter; and Suicide...

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Know Your Rights: Navigating Police Questioning (Part 2)

Know Your Rights: Navigating Police Questioning (Part 2)

Before diving into the details of Navigating Police Questioning in Part 2, check out Part 1 to build a solid foundation on your legal rights and protections. There are several additional rules and procedures that the police are required to follow when questioning a...

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Know Your Rights: Navigating Police Questioning (Part 1)

Know Your Rights: Navigating Police Questioning (Part 1)

Being approached by the police can be extremely intimidating, especially if you’re unaware of your legal rights when being approached, questioned, detained, and arrested by the police. However, fear not, as Part 1 of this guide will prepare you in any given situation....

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