While the Crimes Act makes it an offence to contaminate goods, it is also against the law to make false statements about goods being contaminated.
Being accused of this offence can give rise to heavy penalties under the law.
However, our criminal law specialists can give you the advice you need when it comes to fighting the charges.
To be found guilty of this offence, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you made a statement which you believed was false with the intention of inducing another person to believe that goods were contaminated.
The prosecution must also prove that, in making the false statement, you intended to cause public alarm or anxiety, or economic loss through public awareness of the contamination.
The maximum penalty for this offence is 10 years imprisonment.
While the prospect of a prison sentence may be disconcerting, it’s important to remember that this is the absolute maximum.
Our lawyers have the skills and knowledge necessary to assist you in avoiding these onerous penalties – and to secure the best possible outcome in your case.
Section 93M of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of ‘Making False Statements Concerning Contamination’ and reads as follows:
93M Making false statements concerning contamination of goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss
(1) A person who makes a statement that the person believes to be false:
(a) with the intention of inducing the person to whom the statement is made or others to believe that goods have been contaminated, and
(b) with the intention of thereby:
(i) causing public alarm or anxiety, or
(ii) causing economic loss through public awareness of the contamination,
is liable to imprisonment for 10 years.
(2) For the purposes of this section, making a statement includes conveying information by any means.
Being charged with a criminal offence can be a deeply upsetting and stressful experience for you and your loved ones, and it is often difficult to decide the best course of action.
However, our specialist criminal defence team can advise you of the best steps to take when it comes to fighting the charges and securing a positive outcome in your case.
With years of experience fighting and winning some of the most serious criminal cases, you can rest assured that your future is in safe hands.
In every case, our lawyers work tirelessly to have matters resolved at an early stage by identifying problems with the prosecution case and pushing to have the charges dropped on this basis.
Alternatively, where the matter proceeds to court, we guarantee representation only by our senior lawyers – highly respected experts with a proven track record of winning complex matters.
Our senior lawyers will strategically examine all relevant witnesses and raise all favourable evidence in a compelling manner.
We will also assist you in identifying any possible defences to the charges, which, if raised successfully, will result in a finding of ‘not guilty.’
Our lawyers can also help if you simply wish to plead guilty – in these situations, we can prepare and deliver sentencing submissions which focus on positive factors such as your good character, and
which emphasise the importance of a lenient penalty.
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