Section 310B Crimes Act 1900 | Rescuing Inmate


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Prison acts as a form of punishment for those who have been convicted of a criminal offence.

It is an offence to rescue someone who is being held in lawful custody – for example, in a prison or a police cell.

This offence is contained in section 310B of the Crimes Act.

The law treats these offences very seriously and imposes heavy maximum penalties for those found guilty of this offence.

The maximum penalty for rescuing an inmate from lawful custody is 14 years imprisonment.

However, it’s important to remember that this is the absolute maximum penalty that can be imposed – it will therefore be reserved only for the most serious cases.

Our lawyers have considerable experience fighting serious criminal charges and can assist you if you have been charged with this offence.

Our expert knowledge of criminal law, coupled with our reputation for fearless advocacy, allows us to obtain outstanding results in even the most serious cases.

The Legislation

310B Rescuing inmate from lawful custody

Any person who, by force, rescues or attempts to rescue an inmate from lawful custody is guilty of an offence.

Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 14 years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Being accused of a serious criminal offence such as rescuing an inmate from lawful custody can have negative implications on your life without the correct legal representation.

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers, our lawyers are vastly experienced in fighting and winning a wide range of serious criminal offences.

Our lawyers can advise you of the available options in your case and the best steps to take to secure a favourable outcome.

In every case, we take the time to carefully examine all the evidence in order to identify problems with the prosecution case.

Where deficiencies are detected at an early stage, we can write to the prosecution requesting that the charges be dropped on this basis.

We are frequently able to have matters resolved in this manner.

In other cases, where the prosecution refuses to drop the charges, our highly experienced senior lawyers can give you the best possible defence against the charges.

Our dedicated advocates will take the time to listen to your side of the story and obtain all relevant evidence in order to put forth your case in the most persuasive manner.

Our lawyers can also assist if you simply wish to plead guilty to the allegations against you – in these cases, we can prepare compelling sentencing submissions which take into account any positive factors in your case, such as your good character.

We have a proven track record of obtaining excellent outcomes in these cases which are unparalleled by any other law firm.

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