Push for Pill Testing after Defqon.1 Deaths

An annual music festival has ended with the tragic deaths of two young people and several people hospitalised for suspected drug overdoses. Defqon.1, a Sydney hardstyle music festival, was held over the weekend attracting a crowd of over 30,000. Police reported up to 700 people seeking help from medical staff at the music festival. Ten Read more about Push for Pill Testing after Defqon.1 Deaths[…]

Crackdown on Driving Offences from September

New laws are set to come into effect in September which will increase the penalties for drug driving and illegal mobile phone use. These are the changes that you need to know to ensure that you avoid being hit with demerit points, a fine or licence disqualification. Mobile Drug Testing Regime The current system of Read more about Crackdown on Driving Offences from September[…]

More Medically Supervised Injecting Centres Required

The Australian Government needs to be proactive in tackling the issue of drug overdoses. Data shows that between 2011 and 2015 there were 2145 opiate drug related deaths (e.g. oxycodone, morphine, codeine etc.). Coroner speaks out about the lack of medically supervised injecting centres Drug users are negatively stigmatised and marginalised. They may be forced to inject Read more about More Medically Supervised Injecting Centres Required[…]

Mobile Drug Tests: The Need to Review Existing Regimes

Australia’s current drug driving laws punish individuals who present no risk to other drivers, and attempts to bring the war on drugs into traffic management, but on a completely false pretext. Police are ramping up the use of roadside MDTs It is an offence in Australia to drive a vehicle with illicit drugs present in Read more about Mobile Drug Tests: The Need to Review Existing Regimes[…]

Our Recent Criminal Defence Case Studies

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors is continually achieving successful outcomes for our clients. We wanted to share with you our recent case studies so that you can be assured of our expertise, skill and commitment in criminal defence representation. We assisted several clients in getting no conviction recorded by way of Section 10 of the Crimes Act including two young Read more about Our Recent Criminal Defence Case Studies[…]

Recent Successful Cases at O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors continues to achieve successful outcomes for our clients in regards to criminal matters. We pride ourselves on our trial advocacy and ability to represent clients in trials across all criminal law matters. Our solicitors have handled recent criminal cases around NSW including charges such as assault, drug and traffic offences to name Read more about Recent Successful Cases at O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors[…]

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hippies : Roadside Drug Test Charges

The NSW police’s system of roadside drug testing (RDT) is a poorly justified encroachment on the freedoms of the individual. Similar to random breath testing, RDTs randomly screen drivers for marijuana, methamphetamine and ecstasy. But apart from the context in which these tests are carried out, there are few further similarities between RBTs and RDTs. Strictly Read more about Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hippies : Roadside Drug Test Charges[…]

The Fallout from Titans Drug Charges Exemplifies a Flawed War on Drugs

The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) issued notices to appear in court to five players of the Gold Coast Titans Rugby League Club. Five players have been stood down, including Greg Bird, Beau Falloon, Jamie Dowling and Kalifa Faifai Loa. These players have been accused of using cocaine, and supplying it to their close Read more about The Fallout from Titans Drug Charges Exemplifies a Flawed War on Drugs[…]

Medical marijuana moves closer to becoming legal in NSW

Terminally ill patients will soon be able to use cannabis without fear of being charged in NSW, as the Baird government moves closer to legalising the drug for medical use. On Tuesday the Victorian government introduced legislation removing barriers to clinical trials of medical cannabis. NSW premier Mike Baird, who made the announcement on Tuesday, Read more about Medical marijuana moves closer to becoming legal in NSW[…]

Black market in tobacco booming in Sydney

Cigarette smuggling on the rise, one in eight cigarettes smuggled Areas with large migrant populations are prime markets for the trade Some smuggled cigarettes contain ‘mould, faeces and even asbestos’ 500,000 cigarettes and $1m in cash seized in recent raids It is emerging as one of the most lucrative illegal trades on the streets of Read more about Black market in tobacco booming in Sydney[…]