Section 27DA Summary Offences Act – Inmate Use or Possess Mobile Phone


Section 27DA of the Summary Offences Act 1998 (NSW) is the criminal offence of Inmate Use or Possess Mobile Phone and is stated below.

If you would like an experienced criminal lawyer to help you achieve an outstanding outcome in your Summary Offences Act case, call Sydney Criminal Lawyers® today on (02) 9261 8881 for a free first appointment.

We have a proven track record in representing clients in Summary Offences Act cases and ensuring that you don’t get a criminal record or harsh punishment.

The Legislation

27DA Inmate use or possession of a mobile phone

(1) An inmate must not, without reasonable excuse (proof of which lies on the inmate), use or have in his or her possession in a place of detention a mobile phone or any part of it, a mobile phone SIM card or any part of it, or a mobile phone charger or any part of it. Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 2 years or 50 penalty units, or both.

(2) In this section, “mobile phone” includes any device that may be used, in whole or in part, for the purpose of sending or receiving voice or other data over a mobile telephone network, whether or not it may be used for any other purpose.