Section 206 Crimes Act 1900 | Assaulting Crew Member


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There has been a spate of recent incidents in relation to violent passengers on aircraft and vessels which have been actively covered by the media.

Under the Crimes Act 1900, there is a specific offence for assaults on crew members of aircraft or boats.

This offence is contained in section 206 of the Crimes Act, which says that if you are a passenger on board an aircraft or boat and you assault or threaten a crew member, you could face heavy penalties under the law.

While an assault usually involves physical touching, it can also include any action that causes another person to fear immediate and unlawful violence – for example, lunging at someone or making explicit threats which cause someone to fear for their safety.

To be found guilty of this offence, the prosecution must also prove that you assaulted or threatened the crew member so as to interfere with or diminish their ability to perform functions or duties relating to the safe operation of the aircraft or vessel.

If found guilty of this offence, you could face a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.

However, this is the maximum penalty and will only apply in the most serious cases.

If you have been charged with assaulting or threatening a crew member, our lawyers can advise you of the best course of action when it comes to obtaining a favourable result in your case.

The Legislation

Section 206 of the Crimes Act deals with the offence of “assaulting or threatening a crew member” and reads as follows:

206 Assault etc on member of crew of aircraft or vessel

A person who, while on board an aircraft or vessel, assaults or threatens with violence a member of the crew of the aircraft or vessel:

(a) so as to interfere with the functions or duties performed by the crew member in connection with the safe operation of the aircraft or vessel, or

(b) so as to diminish the ability of the crew member to perform those functions or duties,

is liable to imprisonment for 14 years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

When it comes to fighting allegations about a criminal offence, it pays to have the best legal team on your side.

The expert lawyers at Sydney Criminal Lawyers regularly appear in a wide range of serious assault cases and have extensive knowledge and experience with this complex area of the law.

Our lawyers are equipped with the skills and insight necessary to secure the best possible result in these types of cases and will guide you through every step of the court process.

In many cases, we are able to have charges dropped early on by carefully examining all the evidence to identify problems with the prosecution case.

Where the prosecution refuses to drop the charges, our senior lawyers will give you the best possible representation in court by telling your side of the story in a compelling manner, along with any evidence that supports your case.

We can also identify and raise any defences to the charges – for example, where you were threatened or coerced into assaulting the crew member.

Our lawyers can also help you achieve a lenient outcome in your case where you simply wish to accept the charges and plead guilty.

In these cases, our lawyers can draft and deliver compelling sentencing submissions which focus on any positive factors of the case and present your case in a favourable light.

We are proud of our extensive track record of obtaining excellent results in assault matters, and consistently achieve far better results than any other firm.

For the best representation in your “assault crew member” matter, call us today on
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