Penalty for Police Pursuit | Section 51B(1) Crimes Act NSW


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The maximum penalty for the offence of “police pursuit”

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

Local Court:

Section 51B(1) police pursuit – first offence

  • Prison: 50.8%
  • Suspended Sentence (no longer available): 14.3%
  • Section 9 Bond (now community correction order): 12.7%
  • Community Service Order (now community correction order): 10.7%
  • ICO: 7%
  • Fine Only: 2.8%
  • Home Detention: 0.9%
  • Section 10(1)(b)&(c) Bond: 0.4%
  • Section 10A: 0.3%
  • Section 10(1)(a)Dismissal: 0.1%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 13.4 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 7.7 months in prison.

Section 51B(1) police pursuit – second or subsequent offence

  • Prison: 86.8%
  • Suspended Sentence (no longer available): 5.9%
  • ICO: 3.9%
  • Community Service Order (now community correction order): 2.9%
  • Section 9 Bond (now community correction order): 0.5%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 17.5 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 10.8 months in prison.

District and Supreme Court:

Section 51B(1) police pursuit – first offence

  • Prison: 100%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 13.9 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 9.2 months in prison.

Section 51B(1) police pursuit – second or subsequent offence

  • Prison: 100%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 24 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 12 months in prison.