Conveying false information that a person or property is in danger (i.e. Bomb Hoax)
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In order to be convicted of this offence, the police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- A person conveys information that the person knows to be false or misleading; and
- That is likely to make the person to whom the information is conveyed fear for the safety of a person or of property, or both.
Conveying information by any means includes making a statement, sending a document, or transmitting an electronic or other message.
If any of the above elements cannot be proven beyond reasonable doubt, then you will be found not guilty of the offence.
Our experienced criminal lawyers will advise you of your prospects of successfully defending any charge brought against you and fight to have you found not guilty of the offence.
If you agree with what the police are alleging against you, the way to get the best result is often to plead guilty as it demonstrates remorse and contrition as well as meaning that you will be entitled to a discount on your sentence.
The offence of Conveying false information that a person or property is in danger carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment in the Local Court and a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment in the District Court.
Generally, penalties that a court can impose for any criminal offence in NSW are: