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Penalty for Blackmail | Section 249K Crimes Act NSW

The maximum penalty for the offence of “blackmail” is 10 years in prison.

According to the Judicial Commission of NSW, the actual penalties imposed for the offence are as follows:

  • Community Correction Order: 33.33%
  • Prison: 30%
  • Community Correction Order: 23.33%
  • Fine Only: 10%
  • Intensive Correction Order: 3.33%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 1 year imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 7 months in prison.

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