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Offensive Conduct

Public Order Offences – NSW

Welcome to the NSW Offensive conduct article page. Everything you need to know about Offensive conduct according to NSW law – Dated: 01/09/2009

What the Law States according to NSW Law for Offensive conduct

According to NSW Law for the charge of Offensive conduct:

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:

The Maximum Penalty – Offensive conduct

According to NSW Law for the charge of Offensive conduct:

The maximum penalty for the charge of offensive conduct (Section 4 of the Summary Offences Act) is a fine of 6 penalty units and/or 3 months imprisonment.

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

  • Section 10: offensive conduct 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.

Likely Penalty

Local Court

Based on our experience and statistics from the Judicial Commission of New South Wales we believe that the penalty in a case that is within the mid range of seriousness for the offence of offensive conduct, if heard in the Local Court, is likely to be a fine of $250.

What the Police must prove according to NSW Law for Offensive conduct

To convict you of an offensive conduct charge, the police must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. You conducted yourself in an offensive manner.
  2. The behaviour occurred in or near, or within view or hearing from, a public place or a school.

They will also need to prove that you were the person who committed the offensive conduct offence.

Possible Defences under NSW Law – Offensive conduct

Possible defences to a Indecent Assault charge include but are not limited to:

  • Duress
  • Necessity
  • Self Defence

In NSW which court will hear the matter – Offensive conduct

This matter is a summary matter and can only be finalised in the Local Court.

Section 10 for an offensive conduct 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 an offensive conduct 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 an offensive conduct 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 an offensive conduct 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 an offensive conduct 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 an offensive conduct charge (commonly known as weekend detention): This form of imprisonment ceased to be a sentencing option in October 2010.

Intensive correction order for an offensive conduct 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 an offensive conduct charge: This is the most serious penalty for the charge of offensive conduct and involves full time detention in a correctional facility.

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    Law Part Short Description
    1243 Behave in offensive manner in/near public place/school