The maximum penalty for the offence of “demand with menaces by accusation etc that person has committed serious indictable offence.”
According to the Judicial Commission of NSW, the actual penalties imposed for the offence are as follows:
- Suspended Sentence: 50%
- ICO: 25%
- Prison: 25%
The average prison sentence for the offence is 24 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 12 months in prison.