Section 255 Crimes Act | Possessing False Document


Section 255 of the Crimes Act is the offence of Possessing False Document and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

Section 255 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of ‘Possessing False Document’ and reads as follows:

255 Possession of false document

A person who has in his or her possession a false document, knowing that it is false, with the intention that the person or another will use it:

(a) to induce some person to accept it as genuine, and
(b) because of its being accepted as genuine:
(i) to obtain any property belonging to another, or
(ii) to obtain any financial advantage or cause any financial disadvantage, or
(iii) to influence the exercise of a public duty,
is guilty of an offence.

Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 10 years.