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Plead not guilty

In order to be convicted of this offence, the police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  1. You intentionally throw an object at, or drop an object on or towards, a vehicle or vessel that is on any road, railway or navigable waters; and
  2. There is a person in the vehicle or vessel; and
  3. The conduct risks the safety of any person.

In the prosecution of an offence under this section, it is not necessary to prove that the accused was aware that his or her conduct risked the safety of any person, or that the object made contact with the vehicle or vessel.

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.

Plead guilty

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 Throwing rocks and other objects on vehicles or vessels carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment in the Local Court and 5 years imprisonment in the District Court. Throwing rocks and other objects on vehicles or vessels, depending on the seriousness of the allegation, is an offence that may in some circumstances be dealt with pursuant to section 10 of the Crimes (Sentence Procedure) Act, meaning no conviction will be recorded, there is no other penalty and you will have no criminal record. To find out more about a section 10, click here.

Generally, penalties that a court can impose for any criminal offence in NSW are: