Sections 31C of the Crimes Act deal with Aiding etc Suicide.
If you encourage, counsel, aid or abet another person to commit suicide, you could face criminal charges, even if the suicide does not eventuate. Generally, it will be enough that the other person attempted to commit suicide.
Being charged with assisting or encouraging someone to commit suicide can be a highly distressing and upsetting experience. However, the first step when it comes to fighting the charges is understanding what the law says about suicide.
Section 31C says that if you are found to have ‘aided or abetted’ the suicide of another person, you could face a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.
This involves situations where you assist someone in committing, or attempting to commit suicide through your words or conduct – for example, giving someone drugs when you know that they are going to use them to overdose.
Section 31C also says that it is an offence for you to ‘incite or counsel’ another person to commit suicide. This includes bullying, harassing or advising someone to commit suicide. If that person ends up committing, or attempting to commit suicide as a result of your conduct, you could face a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.
If you are going to court for Aiding etc Suicide, call Sydney Criminal Lawyers 24/7 on (02) 9261 8881 to arrange a free first conference with an experienced defence lawyer who will advise you of your options and the best way forward, and fight to secure the optimal outcome.
Read on for more information.
Section 31C of the Crimes Act 1900, which deals with Aiding etc Suicide, reads as follows:
31C Aiding etc Suicide
(1) A person who aids or abets the suicide or attempted suicide of another person shall be liable to imprisonment for 10 years.
(a) a person incites or counsels another person to commit suicide, and
(b) that other person commits, or attempts to commit, suicide as a consequence of that incitement or counsel, the first mentioned person shall be liable to imprisonment for 5 years.
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