Criminal Lawyer Peter Proctor analyses NSW bikie laws and discusses how these new Organised Crime and Consorting Laws may affect normal citizens.
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A long time friend and client of justweb®, ex-Police Prosecutor and Criminal Defence Lawyer Peter Proctor, writes about the new bikie laws in New South Wales relating to Criminal Groups and Consorting.

Peter, the Principal Solicitor and Criminal Lawyer of Proctor and Associates at Parramatta, has analysed the new Organised Crime and Consorting Laws that have been passed by the NSW State Government and which commenced on 9th April, 2012.

Bikie Laws NSW
Whereas I agree in principle that SOMETHING must be done to curtail the shootings in our streets, these laws, according to Peter's analysis, seem to leave the door wide open to systemic abuse in the future. Anyway, read the summary below, then read the whole article and make your own mind up.

If you have been spoken to by the Police in relation to such matters, if you require legal advice, or you have been charged with a criminal offence, contact Proctor & Associates:

Proctor & Associates Solicitors & Barristers
Level 3, 22 Hunter Street Parramatta NSW 2150
02 9687 3777 | info@proctorlaw.com.au

Criminal Groups & Consorting

The intent of this new legislation is aimed at more stringent controls associated with "law and order" on the streets, particularly focusing on what are described as Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs (OMCGs). The problem with the consorting laws is that innocent people can be caught in the web of the Government's good intentions to clean up the streets.

The Crimes Amendment (Consorting and Organised Crime) Act 2012 deals with offences involving criminal groups and those involving consorting.

Offences relating to criminal groups

Crimes Act - Part 3A - Division 5 - Criminal Groups

Consorting

The former offence of consorting in s.546A of the Crimes Act has been repealed and a new offence has been inserted in Part 3A - Division 7.

The new offence of consorting - S. 93X(1) carries a maximum penalty of 3 years imprisonment.

Defences

There is a Defence available under S.93Y which provides as follows...

More information can be found by visiting the full NSW Bikie Laws & Consorting article at the Proctor & Associates website.

Bikie Laws NSW

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29.04.2012


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