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Penalty for Expose or Abandon Child Under 7 | Section 43 Crimes Act NSW

The maximum penalty for the offence of “Abandoning or exposing a child under 7 years

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

Local Court:

Section 43 abandon or expose child under 7

  • Suspended Sentence (no longer available): 50%
  • Section 9 Bond (now community correction order): 25%
  • Community Service Order (now community correction order): 25%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 0 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 0 months in prison.

District and Supreme Court:

Section 43 abandon or expose child under 7 – cause danger of serious injury

  • Prison: 50%
  • ICO: 50%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 27 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 14 months in prison.

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