Section 256 Crimes Act | Forgery Equipment


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The Legislation

Section 256 of the Crimes Act is the offence of Forgery Equipment and is extracted below.

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256 Making or possession of equipment etc for making false documents

(1) A person who makes, or has in his or her possession, any equipment, material or other thing designed or adapted for the making of a false document:
(a) knowing that it is so designed or adapted, and
(b) with the intention that the person or another person will use the equipment, material or other thing to commit the offence of forgery,
is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 10 years.

(2) A person who, without reasonable excuse, makes or has in his or her possession any equipment, material or other thing designed or adapted for the making of a false document, knowing that it is so designed or adapted, is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 3 years.

(3) A person who possesses any equipment, material or other thing that is capable of being used to make a false document, with the intention that the person or another person will use the equipment, material or other thing to commit the offence of forgery, is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 3 years.

(4) This section applies in respect of any equipment, material or other thing that is designed or adapted for the purpose of making a false document whether or not it is also designed or adapted for another purpose.

(5) This section applies to a person who intends to commit an offence even if committing the offence concerned is impossible or the offence concerned is to be committed at a later time.

(6) It is not an offence to attempt to commit an offence against this section.