The maximum penalty for the offence of “forgery” 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: 50%
- Prison: 17.07%
- Conditional Release Order without Conviction: 10.98%
- Fine Only: 9.76%
- Intensive Correction Order: 8.54%
- Conditional Release Order with Conviction: 3.66%
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 8 months in prison.