Penalty for Send Letter Threatening to Kill or Injure | Section 31(1) Crimes Act NSW


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The maximum penalty for the offence of “send letter threatening to kill or injure.”

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

Local Court:

Section 31(1) send, etc document threatening death or GBH

  • Prison: 35.7%
  • Suspended Sentence (no longer available): 28.6%
  • Section 9 Bond (now community correction order): 14.3%
  • Section 10 (1)(a) Dismissal: 7.1%
  • Community Service Order (now community correction order): 7.1%
  • ICO: 7.1%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 9.6 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 5.7 months in prison.