Section 310C Crimes Act 1900 | Aiding Escape


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From time to time, we hear reports on the news about prisoners escaping from custody.

Sometimes, these prisoners have been assisted in their escape by someone outside the prison, such as an accomplice, friend or family member.

Section 310C of the Crimes Act makes it a criminal offence to aid an inmate from escaping or attempting to escape from lawful custody.

You may also face charges under s 310C if it is alleged that you conveyed, or caused something to be conveyed into a correctional centre or to an inmate with the intention of facilitating their escape.

For example, you may be charged under this section if you sent tools or equipment to a prisoner to help them escape.

The courts treat this offence very seriously, and, if found guilty, you could face a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment.

However, it’s important to remember that this is the absolute maximum penalty that can be imposed in these situations.

Our experienced criminal law specialists have considerable experience fighting and winning these types of matters and can give you the advice and representation necessary to secure a positive outcome in your ‘aiding escape’ case.

The Legislation

310C Aiding escape

Any person:

(a) who aids an inmate in escaping or attempting to escape from lawful custody, or

(b) who conveys anything or causes anything to be conveyed into a correctional centre or to an inmate with intent to facilitate the escape of an inmate,

is guilty of an offence.

Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 7 years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Being accused of aiding a prisoner in escaping lawful custody can have a negative impact on your reputation and future.

But with the assistance of Sydney’s best criminal defence team, you can fight the charges and move on with your life.

Our lawyers have considerable experience representing clients in all types of criminal matters.

Our expert knowledge of the law, coupled with our outstanding advocacy skills, enables us to consistently obtain excellent results in even the most difficult criminal matters.

In many cases, we are able to have serious criminal charges dropped at an early stage by identifying deficiencies with the prosecution case, such as a lack of evidence.

This often means that our clients avoid the time and expense of a defended hearing or criminal trial to determine their guilt.

Alternatively, where the prosecution refuses to drop the charges, our senior lawyers will fight hard to protect your rights and interests by presenting all favourable evidence in a compelling manner.

We will also identify any possible defences, which, if accepted by the court, will result in a finding of ‘not guilty.’

Our lawyers can also assist you if you simply wish to plead guilty to the allegations – in these cases, our lawyers will focus on securing the best possible outcome in your case by highlighting any mitigating factors such as your good character.

Our ability to obtain exceptional results in even the most serious cases is a testament to the hard work and skill of our dedicated lawyers.

So for the best result in your ‘aiding escape’ case, contact us today on (02) 9261 8881 and book a FREE first conference with us.