Section 209 Crimes Act | False Information to Prejudice Safety


An apparent increase in threats to national security in recent times has seen the police and government take threats of terrorism very seriously.

Accordingly, false statements concerning threats to aircraft or vessels have the potential to result in onerous penalties under the law.

Under section 209 of the Crimes Act, it is an offence to make a false statement about a plan, proposal, conspiracy or threat to forcibly take control of an aircraft of vessel.

It is also an offence to make false statements about destroying, damaging or endangering the safety of an aircraft or vessel, or about plans to kill or injury persons on board an aircraft or vessel.

If you are found guilty of an offence under this section, you could face a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment.

However, it’s important to bear in mind that this is the absolute maximum penalty that can be imposed, and as such it will only apply in the most serious cases.

Our expert defence team can advise you of the best steps to take when it comes to fighting the charges and avoiding these harsh penalties.

The Legislation

209 False information as to plan etc to prejudice the safety of an aircraft or vessel or persons on board an aircraft or vessel

A person who makes a statement or conveys information, knowing it to be false, to the effect, or from which it could reasonably be inferred, that there has been, is or is to be a plan, proposal, attempt, conspiracy or threat to:

(a) take, or exercise control of, an aircraft or vessel by force,

(b) destroy or damage, or endanger the safety of, an aircraft or vessel, or

(c) kill, or inflict bodily injury on, persons in or on an aircraft or vessel,

is liable to imprisonment for 2 years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

It can come as a surprise to be accused of making false statements concerning the safety of an aircraft or vessel, and the prospect of facing court in relation to these charges can be a source of stress for yourself and your loved ones.

However, by engaging our expert defence team, you can give yourself the best chance at securing a positive outcome in your case.

We have worked on countless terrorism cases in recent years, and our specialist knowledge of criminal law enables us to prepare strong defence cases which result in outstanding outcomes.

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

Our desire to go above and beyond in defending our clients’ rights and interests enables us to secure excellent results in every case.

Should your matter proceed to court, our lawyer will present your case in the most compelling manner in order to maximise your chances of being found ‘not guilty.’

We will examine all relevant witnesses and put forth all favourable evidence in the most positive light whilst deconstructing the prosecution case.

Our ability to obtain outstanding outcomes is unparalleled and has earned us the reputation of Sydney’s best criminal defence lawyers.

Our lawyers will also fight hard to secure a positive outcome where you wish to plead guilty.

In these situations, we will advise you of the likely penalties in your case and prepare sentencing submissions which put forth your case in the most positive light to ensure that you avoid onerous penalties under the law.

So for the best result in your case, don’t delay – call us now on (02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first conference with our criminal law specialists and get the ball rolling!