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How do the Police Prove a Charge?

In my previous blog titled ‘Guilty until proven Innocent?’, I highlighted one of the most important legal principles in criminal law: Guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. In this blog, I will explore how criminal responsibility is determined, and what exactly do the prosecution need to prove in...

Why hasn’t the man in custody for Cleo’s abduction been charged by WA Police yet?

The decision to arrest WA Police have taken into custody a 36-year-old Carnarvon man who is to be questioned in relation to the suspected abduction of Cleo Smith. This man (‘the suspect’) was likely arrested without a warrant by police in the early hours of yesterday morning. Any police officer...

What do I do if the Police want to speak with me?

Depending on the type of allegation police are investigating, they will usually conduct enquiries with a number of different sources. Sometimes they will rely heavily on witnesses such as police officers, complainants, eye-witnesses and experts; whilst other times they will need to analyse physical materials such as CCTV footage and...

Charges Dropped – Does it happen?

Yes. Not always, easily or immediately, but yes. Client’s will often ask whether their charges can be ‘dropped’ and if so, when and how.  In answering these questions, it is helpful to have an understanding of what it means to have charges dropped. Charges are ‘dropped’ when the prosecution make...