The maximum penalty for the offence of “false information that person in danger” is 5 years in prison.
According to the Judicial Commission of NSW, the actual penalties imposed for the offence are as follows:
- Community Correction Order: 50%
- Intensive Correction Order: 25%
- Prison: 16.7%
- Fine Only: 8.3%
The average prison sentence for the offence is 11.5 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 5 months in prison.