The maximum penalty for the offence of “sending article to cause alarm” is 5 years in prison.
According to the Judicial Commission of NSW, the actual penalties imposed for the offence are as follows:
- Prison: 40%
- Section 10A No Other Penalty: 20%
- Community Correction Order: 20%
- Intensive Correction Order: 20%
The average prison sentence for the offence is 15 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 13 months in prison.