Going to Court? Book Your Free First Appointment

Saved Pages

Save pages and articles you’re most interested in to read later on.


Destroying or Damaging Property

Destroying or Damaging Property is an offence under Section 195 of the Crimes Act 1900 which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison in the district court or 2 years if the case remains in the local court.

The maximum penalty increases to 10 years if the damage was caused by fire or explosives.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  1. You destroyed or damaged property
  2. The property belonged to another person, and
  3. You intended to cause the destruction or damage or were reckless as to whether your actions would cause the destruction or damage

You must be found not guilty if the prosecution is unable to establish all three of those ‘elements’.

The defences to destroy or damage property include:

  1. Self-Defence,
  2. Duress, and
  3. Necessity.

What Our Clients Say SEE ALL

  • ★★★★★

    Guided me towards a positive outcome

    I got a better result that what I had anticipated, as my case was dismissed.…

  • ★★★★★

    Good experiences

    Good experiences, can recommend these guys!

  • ★★★★★

    Very pleased

    Very pleased with how Jason Koh handled the case and the result that he achieved,…

  • ★★★★★

    Kent is my 'Go to' lawyer

    My case resolved really well. Kent was very helpful and responsive. His legal advise was…

Going to Court? Call For Your Free First Appointment

Main Menu

Follow Us

Search Our Site enter search term and press GO

Saved Articles & Pages

APPOINTMENT BOOKING FORM * mandatory fields

Preferred date for conference
Preferred time for conference
Briefly describe your situation:
Do you have a court date?

Your Review & Rating * mandatory fields

Review Text *
Rating (optional)