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Section 474.14 Criminal Code Act
Use Telecommunications Network with Intent to Commit Serious Offence

Section 474.14 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Use Telecommunications Network with Intent to Commit Serious Offence and is extracted below.

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474.14 Using a telecommunications network with intention to commit a serious offence

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person:

(i) connects equipment to a telecommunications network; and

(ii) intends by this to commit, or to facilitate the commission of, an offence (whether by that person or another person); and

(b) the offence is:

(i) a serious offence against a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or

(ii) a serious offence against a foreign law.

(2) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person uses equipment connected to a telecommunications network in the commission of, or to facilitate the commission of, an offence (whether by that person or another person); and

(b) the offence is:

(i) a serious offence against a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or

(ii) a serious offence against a foreign law.

(3) A person who is guilty of an offence against subsection (1) or (2) is punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding the penalty applicable to the serious offence.

(4) Absolute liability applies to paragraphs (1)(b) and (2)(b).

Note:     For absolute liability, see section 6.2.

(5) A person may be found guilty of an offence against subsection (1) or (2) even if committing the serious offence is impossible.

(6) It is not an offence to attempt to commit an offence against subsection (1) or (2).

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