The penalty that is likely to be imposed for a Commonwealth offence depends on a range of factors, such as:
- the maximum penalty applicable to the particular charge
- the circumstances leading up to the incident,
- the nature and seriousness of the ‘criminal’ conduct, and
- ‘subjective features’, which means information about the person charged eg any previous convictions, whether or not there has been a guilty plea, the contents of character references and/or reports, any steps towards rehabilitation, the likelihood of reoffending etc.
The types of penalties that can be imposed for a Commonwealth offence are:
- discharge without a criminal conviction
- good behaviour bond
- community service
- intensive correction order
- home detention, and
- full time prison custody
For more information on the different types of penalties, go to: Penalties for Commonwealth Offences
Or for specific advice about the likely penalty in your case, call us today for a free appointment on (02) 9261 8881.