Plead not guilty
In order to be convicted of this offence, the police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- You dealt with property;
- That there are reasonable grounds to suspect the property is the proceeds of crime
If any of the above elements cannot be proven beyond reasonable doubt, then you will be found not guilty of the offence.
It the above elements can be proven beyond reasonable doubt, it is a defence if you satisfy the court that you had no reasonable grounds for suspecting that the property was proceeds of a crime.
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. Alternatively, it may be the case that one of our experienced solicitors can negotiate with prosecutors for you to plead guilty to a less serious charge.
The offence of police pursuit carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $5,500. This 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: