The maximum penalty for the offence of “false or misleading information” is 2 years in prison.
According to the Judicial Commission of NSW, the actual penalties imposed for the offence are as follows:
- Community Correction Order: 37.7%
- Fine Only: 36.1%
- Conditional Release Order without Conviction: 13.1%
- Conditional Release Order with Conviction: 8.2%
- Prison: 3.3%
- Intensive Correction Order: 1.6%
The average prison sentence for the offence is 9 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 5 months in prison.