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      What is an honest and reasonable mistake of fact?
      Honest and reasonable mistake of fact
      Posted By , on April 21, 2020

      You’ve probably heard the saying, “ignorance of the law is not an excuse”. Well, in very limited circumstances it can be. In Proudman v Dayman Dixon J summarised the defence of honest and reasonable mistake of fact: “As a general rule an honest and reasonable belief in a state of facts which, if they existed, […]

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      Criminal & traffic lawyers open during Covid-19
      Posted By , on March 27, 2020

      If you need a criminal & traffic lawyer during the Covid-19 Pandemic Astor Legal is available to assist. NSW Police will still be out there which means you may still find yourself issued with a penalty notice or charged with a criminal offence. The first step is to contact us via email or phone. Depending […]

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      Smart Start Interlock at Astor Legal Parramatta
      Smart Start interlock at Astor Legal Parramatta
      Posted By , on March 12, 2020

      If you’ve been charged with a drink driving offence its likely that you’ll end up having to fit an interlock device to your car. Thanks to Smart Start Interlocks we now have a demonstration interlock device in our Parramatta office. Clients facing drink driving charges can actually see and hold the device that may end […]

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      NSW Mobile Phone Detection Cameras

      Background of mobile phone detection cameras in NSW Mobile phone detection cameras were trialled in New South Wales between January and June 2019. The trial consisted of two fixed cameras and relocatable cameras which were moved approximately every 4 days. During that trial over 8.5 million vehicles were checked and over 100,000 drivers were found […]

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      Hound breathalyser can test drivers for more than just alcohol levels
      New device to test level of cannabis in drivers system

      Driving with cannabis or THC in your system in NSW Driving with a prescribed illicit drug in your oral fluid, blood or urine is an offence in New South Wales under s.111(1) of the Road Transport Act. Prescribed illicit drugs include: Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC), Methylamphetamine (also known as speed), 3,4-methylenedioxymethylamphetamine (also known as […]

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      Astor Legal Sydney
      Launch of Astor Legal

      Astor Legal is the new name of Marsh Blom Lawyers. Established in 2017 by two ex-prosecutors the firm has grown significantly in a short period of time. We all have a background in criminal and traffic law and have always focused on that. In late 2019 one of our directors left to pursue another business […]

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      Horses racing
      NSW Laws about horses you’ve probably never heard about

      In New South Wales many of the road rules also apply to horse riders. Under the Australian Road Rules horses are included under the definition of vehicle. This means that most minor regulatory offences apply equally to both car drivers and horse riders. But you may not have heard some of the more obscure laws […]

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      Parramatta Local Court
      Bankwest Stadium Streaker Fined

      In the final minute of a Parramatta v Wests game in July 2019 our client entered the playing field and streaked naked across the pitch. He was arrested and charged with “Enter playing field without authority” under the Sporting Venues (Invasions) Act 2003 and also “Wilful and obscene exposure” under the Summary Offences Act 1988. […]

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      Ringing a doorbell for a bail check
      Bail enforcement checks under fire at hearing

      The power of police officers to enforce bail conditions, has come under question during a Law Enforcement and Conduct Commission (LECC) hearing. The hearing which is taking place over the next few days, follows an increase in complaints made to the LECC surrounding police officers engaging in what has been referred to during the hearing […]

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      Two women on a jetski
      Drink Driving On A Boat In NSW

      As the weather warms up more people will be taking to the water over summer, but many don’t know the laws regarding drink driving on a boat. Drink driving laws apply to any ‘vessel’ which includes not only boats but jet skis, kayaks, sailboards and kite boards. The Law on Drink Driving on A Boat […]

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