Public registers serve to provide accurate and useful information to the general public to promote transparency and accountability.
They may include registers of professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, of corporate or business interests, and other public information.
If you are found to have made a false entry or statement on a public register, you could face harsh penalties under the law.
Section 336 of the Crimes Act deals with the offence of “making false entries on a public register.”
It says that you can be charged with an offence under this section if you make a statement or record an entry on a public register for some improper purpose.
To be found guilty of this offence, the prosecution must also prove that you knew that the statement or entry was false or misleading in a “material particular.”
A “material particular” is some kind of influential statement or information which is more than merely trivial.
If you are found guilty of an offence under s 336, you could face a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment.
However, this penalty will only apply in the most serious cases.
Our experienced criminal advocates can advise you of the best steps to take if charged with making a false statement on a public register, and will fight hard to secure the best possible outcome in your case.
Section 336 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) deals with the offence of making a false entry on a public register and reads as follows:
336 False entry on public register
(1) A person who for an improper purpose makes a statement for the making of an entry in any register kept by a public officer for a public purpose, knowing the statement to be false or misleading in a material particular, is liable to imprisonment for 5 years.
(2) A person who for an improper purpose makes an entry in any register kept by a public officer for a public purpose, knowing the entry to be false or misleading in a material particular, is liable to imprisonment for 5 years.
It can be confronting and upsetting to be accused of making a false statement on a public register, but having the right legal team on your side can make all the difference when it comes to fighting the charges.
Our lawyers have a proven track record of fighting and winning these types of cases and will fight hard to defend your innocence.
We will push to have the charges dropped at an early stage by finding problems with the prosecution case and evidence.
By writing to the police and highlighting these types of issues, our clients often avoid the time and expense of a defended hearing or criminal trial.
Should your matter proceed to court, our senior lawyers will fight hard to obtain the most favourable outcome by raising all possible defences and effectively examining all witnesses.
You can benefit from our expertise even if you simply wish to accept the charges and plead guilty – in these situations, our lawyers will prepare persuasive sentencing submissions in order to convince the magistrate or judge to impose a lenient penalty.
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