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An Honest Discussion about Fraud

The law in Victoria provides for several offences relating to fraud. Whilst some of the offences have similarities to theft offences, there is an added element of dishonest conduct in obtaining the property or financial benefit. In this article we discuss the first two categories of fraud – obtaining property by deception and obtaining financial advantage […]

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What’s force got to do with it? Robbery and the Law

Robbery is related to a theft offence in that it involves stealing property or goods, but involves the use of force, threats or intimidation. Burglary is a separate offence, as it involves trespassing onto a property to commit the theft. Understanding a Robbery charge There are two categories of the offence, namely ‘robbery’ and ‘armed […]

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Sex Offender’s Register – implications and responsibilities

The sex offender’s register is a central information register for the storage of data on individuals who have been convicted of registrable sex offences.[1] The register is not publically accessible and only those who have police authorisation are able to access the information contained in the register. However, Police do have discretion to provide the […]

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Theft – is it really a petty offence?

Theft or stealing is the dishonest ‘appropriation’ of property or goods belonging to another person.[1] Appropriation means taking someone’s goods or property, but also means assuming any of the rights of the owner. Therefore it can include taking, possessing, offering to sell, damaging, lending or using an item of property that does not belong to […]

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Talking about Assault

Assault Laws in Victoria The law of assault can be complex, as there are separate categories and assault charges, each with their own unique circumstances and penalties. Common categories of assault are: Common Assault / Unlawful Assault; Assault; Aggravated Assault; and Intentionally or recklessly causing injury. Sometimes, even a threat to assault can result in […]

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Important Updates to Drink Driving Penalties in Victoria

Drink driving charges can be tricky to navigate, as there are various offences and penalties that fall under the umbrella of ‘drink driving’. New mandatory penalties to be introduced in early 2018 will make Victorian Traffic Law arguably the harshest in Australia. These new laws will introduce penalties that require immediate disqualification of licences, behavioural […]

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Sexual Assault in Victoria – Recent Legislative Changes

Following a comprehensive review of the current legislation on Sexual Offences in Victoria several amendments were created to ensure a simple and clear application.[1] The updated legislation commenced on 1 July 2015 and featured specific updates to laws on rape and sexual assault, including exceptions to child pornography offences for children (under 18) who engage […]

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Sexting and the Law – Serious offence or harmless fun?

The introduction of new technology and the proliferation of mobile phone usage has changed the landscape for sexual offending in Australia. The practice of sending explicit images to another person is commonly known today as sexting. Yet, the law has evolved to concurrently deter the distribution of sexually explicit images and also offer specific exemptions […]

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Congratulations Heather Cooper and Alexandra McLure!

It is with great pleasure that we announce Heather Cooper as a “Senior Associate” and Alexandra McLure as an “Associate” of our firm. Both Heather and Alex have proven to be a very valuable employees at LWA and we congratulate them both on this wonderful achievement.

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The Flasher Effect – Talking about Sexual Exposure

If you were watching the ARIAs on the 28th November, you may be aware that Kirin J Callinan exposed himself on the red carpet before a media wall. A similar incident involving Axle Whitehead occurred in October 2006, and resulted in his immediate sacking from Channel Ten. The actions of these individuals could amount to […]

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