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Contaminating Goods With Intent to Cause Public Alarm or Economic Loss

Public Order Offences – NSW

Welcome to the NSW Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss article page. Everything you need to know about Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss according to NSW law – Dated: 01/09/2009

What the Law States according to NSW Law for Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss

According to NSW Law for the charge of Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss:

On the police facts sheet and the court attendance notice that you may have received you will have a reference to the law part and a short description of offence. These references help the court and the legal profession to identify the exact offence you have been charged with. The law part and short description for this offence are set out in the table below:

Law Part Short Description
62884 Contaminate Goods with intent to cause public alarm-T1
62885 Contaminate Goods with intent to cause economic loss-T1

The Maximum Penalty – Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss

According to NSW Law for the charge of Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss:

The maximum penalty for the charge of contaminating goods (Section 93K of the Crimes Act) is 10 years imprisonment.

In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for an contaminating goods charge.

  • Section 10: Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss proven but dismissed
  • Fine
  • Good behaviour bond
  • Community service order (CSO)
  • Suspended sentence
  • Intensive correction order (previously periodic detention)
  • Home detention
  • Prison sentence

You’ll find a brief description of each of these penalties at the bottom of this page.

What the Police must prove according to NSW Law for Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss

To convict you of a contaminating goods charge, the police must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. You contaminated goods.
  2. The act was done with the intention of causing public alarm or anxiety, or causing economic loss through public awareness of the contamination.
    1. They will also need to prove that you were the person who committed the contaminating goods offence.

      Possible Defences under NSW Law – Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss

      Possible defences to a Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss charge include but are not limited to:

      • Duress
      • Necessity
      • Self Defence

      In NSW which court will hear the matter – Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss

      This matter is a Table 1 offence which means that either the DPP or an accused can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.

      Section 10 for a Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss charge: avoiding a criminal record. Normally, when you plead guilty to a criminal offence, the court imposes a penalty and records a conviction. If the court records a conviction, you will have a criminal record. However, if we can convince the court not to convict you, there will be no penalty of any type and no criminal record. In all criminal cases, the court has the discretion not to convict you, but to give you a Section 10 dismissal instead.

      Fines for a Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss charge: When deciding the amount of a fine for a possession of data with intent charge the magistrate or judge should consider your financial situation and your ability to pay any fine they set.

      Good behaviour bond for a Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss charge: This is an order of the court that requires you to be of good behaviour for a specified period of time. The court will impose conditions that you will have to obey during the term of the good behaviour bond. The maximum duration of a good behaviour bond is five years.

      Community service order for a Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss charge (CSO): This involves either unpaid work in the community at a place specified by probation and parole or attendance at a centre to undertake a course, such as anger management. In order to be eligible for a CSO you have to be assessed by an officer of the probation service as suitable to undertake the order.

      Suspended sentence for a Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss charge: This is a jail sentence that is suspended upon you entering into a good behaviour bond. Provided the terms of the good behaviour bond are obeyed the jail sentence will not come into effect. A suspended sentence is only available for sentences of imprisonment of up to two years.

      Periodic detention for a Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss charge (commonly known as weekend detention): This form of imprisonment ceased to be a sentencing option in October 2010.

      Intensive correction order for a Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss charge (ICO): This option has replaced periodic detention. The court can order you to comply with a number of conditions, such as attending counselling or treatment, not consuming alcohol, complying with a curfew and performing community service.

      Jail for a Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss charge: This is the most serious penalty for the charge of Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss and involves full time detention in a correctional facility.

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