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Criminal Offences Maximum Penalties

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Criminal Offences

The following table lists the common criminal offences prosecuted in the Local and District Courts. 

The penalties for each offence range from a no-conviction to full-time imprisonment. The penalty is determined by a number of factors. There are also defences available to some offences. Read our criminal law page and respective criminal offence pages for more information on each offence.

Criminal Offences Maximum Penalty Table

CRIMINAL OFFENCESMAX. PENALTY
Common Assault2 years imprisonment
Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm5 years imprisonment
Reckless Wounding7 years imprisonment
Inflict Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent25 years imprisonment
Assault Causing Death20 years imprisonment
Intentionally Choke, Suffocate or Strangle5 years imprisonment
Sexual Assault14 years imprisonment
Sexual Touching5 years imprisonment
Stalk/Intimidate5 years imprisonment
Assault and other actions against police officers12 years imprisonment
Affray5 years imprisonment
Armed with Intent7 years imprisonment
Robbery14 years imprisonment
Break & Enter14 years imprisonment
Larceny5 years imprisonment
Destroy/Damage Property5 years imprisonment
Obtain Benefit by Deception10 years imprisonment
Possess or Supply Prohibited DrugDepends on the drug
Fail to comply with reporting obligations5 years imprisonment
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