Summary Offences Act 1998 (NSW)


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The Summary Offences Act 1998 (NSW) contains many less-serious criminal offences that can only be dealt with in the Local Court (for Adults) or Childrens Court (for Children).

However, it is important to be aware that you can still receive a life-long criminal conviction for these offences.

It is therefore important to seek representation from experienced criminal lawyers who can maximise your chances of:

  • Successfully defending your Summary Offences Act charge, or
  • If you wish to plead ‘guilty’, getting you a ‘section 10’ – which means no criminal conviction.

Click on the appropriate link below to read the relevant section of the Summary Offences Act:

Section 4 Summary Offences Act – Offensive Conduct

Section 4A Summary Offences Act – Offensive Language

Section 5 Summary Offences Act – Obscene Exposure

Section 6 Summary Offences Act – Obstructing Traffic

Section 6A Summary Offences Act – Unauthorised Entry of Vehicle or Boat

Section 7 Summary Offences Act – Damaging Fountains

Section 8 Summary Offences Act – Damaging or Desecrating Protected Places

Section 8A Summary Offences Act – Climbing or Jumping from Buildings

Section 9 Summary Offences Act – Continuation of Intoxication Following Move On Direction

Section 11 Summary Offences Act – Possession of Liquor by Minors

Section 11A Summary Offences Act – Violent Disorder

Section 11B Summary Offences Act – Custody of Offensive Implements

Section 11C Summary Offences Act – Custody of Knife in Public Place

Section 11D Summary Offences Act – Parents Who Allow Children to Carry Knives

Section 11E Summary Offences Act – Wielding Knife in Public Place

Section 11F Summary Offences Act – Sale of Knives to Children

Section 11FA Summary Offences Act – Laser Pointer

Section 11G Summary Offences Act – Loitering by Convicted Child Sex Offender

Section 11H Summary Offences Act – Intimidatory Use of Vehicles and Vessels

Section 15 Summary Offences Act – Living on Earnings of Prostitution

Section 15A Summary Offences Act – Causing or Inducing Prostitution

Section 16 Summary Offences Act – Prostitution or Soliciting in Massage Parlours

Section 17 Summary Offences Act – Allowing Premises to be Used for Prostitution

Section 18 Summary Offences Act – Advertising Premises Used for Prostitution

Section 18A Summary Offences Act – Advertising for Prostitutes

Section 19 Summary Offences Act – Soliciting Clients by Prostitutes

Section 19A Summary Offences Act – Soliciting Prostitutes by Clients

Section 20 Summary Offences Act – Public Acts of Prostitution

Section 21D Summary Offences Act – Minors in Sex Clubs

Section 21E Summary Offences Act – Not Displaying Notices at Sex Clubs

Section 27B Summary Offences Act – Trafficking into Place of Detention

Section 27C Summary Offences Act – Introducing Syringes into Place of Detention

Section 27D Summary Offences Act – Unlawful Possession of Offensive Weapons

Section 27DA Summary Offences Act – Inmate Use or Possess Mobile Phone

Section 27E Summary Offences Act – Places of Detention

Section 27K Summary Offences Act – Failure to Comply with Search

Section 28J Summary Offences Act – Hunting on Private Land