Section 93L Crimes Act | Threatening to Contaminate Goods


You might be charged with a criminal offence if you contaminate goods with the intention of causing public alarm or economic loss.

However, you may be unaware that you could also be charged if you make threats about contaminating goods.

This offence is dealt with under section 93L of the Crimes Act, which says that it is a criminal offence to make a threat about contaminating goods with the intention of causing public harm or economic loss.

Threats can be made through your actions or words, either explicitly or implicitly.

If found guilty of this offence, you could face a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment.

However, our lawyers can help you avoid these harsh penalties by fighting hard to protect your rights.

The Legislation

93L Threatening to contaminate goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss

(1) A person who makes a threat that goods will be contaminated with the intention of:

(a) causing public alarm or anxiety, or

(b) causing economic loss through public awareness of the contamination,

is liable to imprisonment for 10 years.

(2) For the purposes of this section, a threat may be made by any act, and may be explicit or implicit and conditional or unconditional.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

As a firm that specialises in criminal law, the experts at Sydney Criminal Lawyers are well-equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to secure an outstanding outcome in your “threatening to contaminate goods” case.

Our experts can point you in the right direction if you wish to fight the charges by advising you of any possible defences that may be raised, as well as any positive steps that can be taken to secure a positive outcome.

We will push to have the charges dropped outside of court by carefully examining all evidence to identify problems with the prosecution case, and asking to have the charges withdrawn on this basis.

Should your matter proceed to court, you can be confident that our senior lawyers – criminal law experts with years of experience fighting and winning these types of cases – will present your story in the most positive light in order to secure a favourable verdict.

Our lawyers can also assist if you wish to plead guilty to the charges.

In these cases, we can prepare “sentencing submissions” which provide the court with reasons for why you should receive a more lenient penalty.

Our lawyers are experts at preparing and delivering compelling sentencing submissions in court and have a proven track record of helping clients avoid harsh penalties under the law.

We go above and beyond to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome, no matter the circumstances.

For example, our experts can assist you in obtaining character references and other material that may help you get a more lenient penalty.

Our hard work and dedication has earned us the reputation of Sydney’s best criminal defence team.

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