Drug Diversion Program

Drug Diversion Program

What is drug diversion? Drug diversion is a program that has been set up to try to tackle illicit drug use in its early stages and prevent further drug offences from occurring. It is an education and drug assessment program that minor drug offence defendants who have pleaded guilty can sometimes be ordered to attend….

What is the difference between civil law and criminal law in Australia?

What is the difference between civil law and criminal law in Australia?

In this article, we explore some of the differentiating factors between civil law and criminal law, and how they actually work in our modern-day society. Before examining how these two legal areas differ, we must take a closer look at Australia’s legal system. Australia’s Legal System Little is simple about the legal system and sometimes…

Appealing a Sentence

Appealing a Sentence

How do you appeal a criminal sentence? Those who have been dealt with a sentence they believe is unfair or overly harsh for the crime committed may have the opportunity to appeal the court decision. A defendant may wish to appeal their sentence if they have sufficient grounds with a view to reduce or replace…

Extortion and Blackmail

Extortion and Blackmail

What is the difference between blackmail and extortion? Extortion and blackmail are both very similar crimes, and each have the same penalties. Extortion and blackmail crimes involve threats made against another person to do violence to them or their property. This can include threatening to reveal embarrassing, incriminating or socially damaging information about a person, for…

Producing Dangerous Drugs

Producing Dangerous Drugs

What are the penalties for producing dangerous drugs? In Australia, a person who unlawfully produces a dangerous drug is guilty of a crime. However, when we say ‘produce’, we are not just referring to the manufacturing of a dangerous drug – it also involves packaging them for sale, harvesting plants that grow dangerous drugs, preparing…