Natasha Konic

Criminal Law Matters: Issue 8 – To Those in the Heavy Vehicle Transport Industry

By Natasha Konic / October 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

Q: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE IN THE HEAVY VEHICLE TRANSPORT SUPPLY CHAIN? A: EVERYONE! A big legislative step in awareness and regulation of safety and compliance in Australia was the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNR) (originally a schedule to the HVNL Act 2012 (QLD)).  The HVNL came into force on 10 February 2014.   The ACT, NSW,…

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Criminal Law Matters: Issue 7

By Natasha Konic / March 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

CAN I GET A LICENCE JUST FOR WORK? CAN I GET A WORK LICENCE? I HAVE BEEN TOLD YOU CAN GET A LICENCE JUST TO GO TO AND FROM WORK  No! No! No! Not in NSW!! NOOOOO!   I remain fascinated by the fact that every client for any traffic offence where disqualification looms large…

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Criminal Law Matters: Issue 6

By Natasha Konic / February 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dory: A friend of mine, her name’s Sigourney, once told me that all it takes is three simple steps: Rescue, rehabilitation, and um… one other thing? Group of Cheering Fish: Release!  Be very careful when entering a plea of ‘guilty’ to a criminal offence. You do not have to be ‘guilty’ to enter a plea…

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Criminal Law Matters: Issue 5

By Natasha Konic / January 16, 2018 / 0 Comments

The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail — its roof may shake — the wind may blow through it — the storm may enter — the rain may enter — but the King of England cannot enter — all his force dares…

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Criminal Law Matters: Issue 4

By Natasha Konic / December 12, 2017 / 0 Comments

I recently was waiting at the Local Court in the Downing Centre for my client’s matter to be heard. The majority of the cases before the Court were offences of violence. One man who described himself as having ‘a strong moral compass’ and particularly a dislike for ‘littering’ hit a person waiting at a bus…

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Traffic Offender’s Intervention Program

By Natasha Konic / June 26, 2017 / 0 Comments

The Traffic Offender’s Intervention Program (TOIP) is typically a pre-sentence course for people who have committed traffic offences. The Magistrate or Judge may refer you to the program or you can book in directly. If you undertake to complete it, your court proceedings are typically adjourned by the Magistrate (at your request) until after you have finished…

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Employer Charged with Indecent Assault

By Natasha Konic / September 24, 2016 / 0 Comments

Trial Advocate – Manny Conditsis Solicitor – Natasha Konic Employer Charged with Indecently Assaulting One of His Female Staff An employer was charged with indecently assaulting one of his female staff. At the trial, there were many problems with the credibility of the female staff member. After she gave her evidence and before she was…

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Criminal Law Matters: Issue 3

By Natasha Konic / September 23, 2016 / 0 Comments

‘Deemed supply’ is a tricky legal concept. If you have over the trafficable amount of a drug (as per the schedule to the relevant legislation, the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act) then it is ‘deemed’ that you have the drug for the purpose of supply. The Prosecution must prove the substance is a drug; that…

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Dangerous Driving Causing Death

By Natasha Konic / July 11, 2016 / 0 Comments

Trial Advocate – Manny Conditsis Solicitor – Natasha Konic A young man was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a motorcyclist, when the collision occurred with his car being on the wrong side of the road. If he had been convicted he would have gone to gaol for some years. Manny Conditsis strongly…

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Criminal Law Matters: Issue 2

By Natasha Konic / June 29, 2016 / 0 Comments

After many years representing people who are brought before courts in NSW, the events that bring people to court still surprise me. You may have heard of Strike Force Raptor, a section of the NSW police force which investigates Outlaw Motorcycle gangs. Such police are given a lot of power through legislation, for example to…

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Criminal Law Matters: Issue 1

By Natasha Konic / June 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

Most people now know that you cannot drive a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. However it is not just a motor vehicle which you cannot ‘drive’. ‘Vehicle’ has a much more extended definition under the Road Transport legislation in NSW than one would think. See the NSW Road Rules 2014, Part 2, Division…

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