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.