The maximum penalty for the offence of “hinder investigation”

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

  • Section 9 Bond: 43%
  • Fine Only: 21%
  • Suspended Sentence: 11%
  • Prison: 11%
  • Section 10(1)(a) Dismissal: 4%
  • Section 10(1) Bond (b)&(c): 4%
  • CSO: 4%
  • ICO: 4%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 15.5 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 12 months in prison.