The Crimes Act contains a number of sections regarding escaped inmates.
Section 310G of the Crimes Act makes it an offence to harbour, maintain or employ somebody who you know has escaped from prison – including persons who have escaped from prison in another State or Territory.
If you are charged with the offence of ‘harbouring escapee,’ your matter will most likely be heard in the Local Court before a magistrate.
The maximum penalty if found guilty of this offence is 3 years’ imprisonment.
It’s important to bear in mind that this is the absolute maximum penalty that can apply for this offence.
Our lawyers are criminal law specialists who can help you fight the charges to avoid these heavy penalties – for example, by raising the defence of ‘honest and reasonable mistake of fact where you were unaware that the person in question was an escaped prisoner.
310G Harbouring escapee
(1) Any person who knowingly harbours, maintains or employs an escaped inmate is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 3 years.
(2) In this section:”escaped inmate” includes a prisoner who has escaped from lawful custody in another State or Territory.
It can be difficult knowing what steps to take after you have been accused of harbouring an escapee.
However, as Sydney’s best criminal defence lawyers, we can advise you of the best options in your case.
Our criminal defence team consists of expert lawyers who will fight hard to protect your rights and interests.
In every case, we push to have the charges dropped early on by carefully examining all the evidence in order to identify problems with the prosecution case.
Where issues are found, our lawyers will write persuasive letters to the prosecution, requesting that the charges be dropped.
In many instances, this means that our clients are spared the time and expense of a defended hearing.
However, should the matter progress to court, you can take comfort in the fact that our lawyers will fight relentlessly to secure the best possible outcome.
Our lawyers are highly experienced advocates who are best poised to put forth your side of the story in the most positive manner.
We will assist you in obtaining a positive result by raising all positive evidence that supports your case, along with any defences, such as where you honestly and reasonably believed that the person was not an escaped prisoner.
We can also assist where you simply wish to plead guilty to the charges by presenting persuasive sentencing submissions which focus on any mitigating factors such as your good character and highlight the need for a lenient outcome.
Our unparalleled ability to obtain outstanding results in even the most complex criminal matters is a testament to our lawyers’ skills and knowledge.
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