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Section 203B Crimes Act 1900

‘Sabotage’ refers to situations where you are alleged to have deliberately caused damage to a public facility with the intention of destroying the property, or causing major economic loss.

A ‘public facility’ broadly refers to any government facility, public infrastructure facility (such as a water facility, energy facility or sewerage treatment plant), or a public transport facility, including public transport vehicles.

‘Public facilities’ also include public places such as parks, lakes or rivers, and public computer systems such as those used to provide banking or other public services such as Centrelink.

It is important to note that the term ‘public facility’ also refers to privately owned premises where they are used to provide public services – for example, property belonging to privately owned energy companies.

Sabotage is a criminal offence under section 203B of the Crimes Act 1900.

The law says that if you are found guilty of sabotage, you could face a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment.

While this is evidently a very heavy penalty, it’s important to bear in mind that this is the absolute maximum and it will only be imposed in the most serious cases.

Our expert defence team can help protect your rights and interests in order to avoid these onerous penalties.

The Legislation

Section 203B of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of ‘Sabotage’ and reads as follows:

203B Sabotage

A person:

(a) whose conduct causes damage to a public facility, and

(b) who intended to cause that damage, and

(c) who intended by that conduct to cause:

(i) extensive destruction of property, or

(ii) major economic loss,

is guilty of an offence.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers®?

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers®, our experts understand the negative impact that a sabotage charge can have on your life and career.

That’s why we fight hard in every case to protect our clients’ interests and rights.

Our specialist lawyers will take the time to carefully examine all the prosecution evidence in your
case – where problems are found, our lawyers can push to have the charges dropped at an early stage
in order to spare you the time and expense of a defended hearing or criminal trial.

Should your matter proceed to court, our lawyers will work alongside leading criminal defence barristers in order to build a strong defence case.

Our lawyers will strategically examine all witnesses and raise all favourable evidence in a compelling manner.

We guarantee that you will be represented in court only by our highly esteemed senior lawyers, who have considerable experience winning complex criminal cases.

Our team can also assist you if you wish to plead guilty by preparing effective sentencing submissions which emphasise the need for a lenient penalty.

Our lawyers are highly skilled at preparing and delivering these submissions and have a proven track record of obtaining excellent results in even the most serious criminal cases.

Call us today on (02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first conference with our dedicated experts today.

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