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

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.

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