Section 333 Crimes Act | Subornation of Perjury


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The Crimes Act contains a number of other perjury offences under section 327 and 328, however section 333 deals with the offence of “subornation of perjury.”

This essentially refers to situations where you induce another person to commit perjury; that is, where you induce that person to give false evidence while they are under oath as a witness.

If you are found guilty of this offence, you could face a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment.

You could also face heavier penalties if it is proved that, through your actions, you intended to bring about the conviction or acquittal of another person for a serious indictable offence.

In these cases, the maximum penalty is 14 years imprisonment.

A serious indictable offence is any offence that must be dealt with in a higher court, such as the District Court, and which carries a penalty of at least 5 years imprisonment.

While these are evidently harsh penalties, our experienced lawyers have the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure that you get the most positive outcome in your “subordination of perjury” matter.

The Legislation

Section 333 of the Crimes Act deals with the offence of “subordination of perjury” and reads as follows:

333 Subornation of perjury

(1) A person who procures, persuades, induces or otherwise causes a person to give false testimony the giving of which is perjury is guilty of subornation of perjury and liable to imprisonment for 7 years.

(2) A person who commits subornation of perjury intending to procure the conviction or acquittal of any person of any serious indictable offence is liable to imprisonment for 14 years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Attempts to induce a witness to give false testimony are treated very seriously by the courts and, if found guilty, you could face harsh penalties under the law.

It can therefore be very daunting to be charged with “subornation of perjury.”

However, the first step to take when faced with criminal charges is to get the best legal team on your side.

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers, we have considerable experience winning perjury matters.

Our senior defence team comprises some of Sydney’s most esteemed and reputable lawyers who have the expert knowledge and insight necessary to ensure that you get the best outcome in your matter.

We are passionate about protecting our clients’ rights and will guide you through every step of the court process.

We understand that it can be financially and emotionally draining to go through court processes – which is why our lawyers always seek to have the charges dropped at an early stage by identifying problems with the evidence and raising these issues with the prosecution.

However, should you matter proceed to court, rest assured that our highly-respected senior lawyers will give you the strongest possible defence by raising all evidence that supports your case and effectively examining all witnesses.

If you wish to accept the charges and plead guilty to the offence, our lawyers will fight hard to ensure that you receive the most lenient penalty possible.

Our experience and proven track record of winning complex cases sets us a cut above the rest.

Get the best lawyers on your side today – call us on (02) 9261 8881 and arrange a FREE first conference with our senior lawyers to discuss your matter.