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    Police Pursuits – Skye’s Law

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      What is Police Pursuit?

      A police pursuit is where the driver of a vehicle had reasonable grounds to suspect that Police required them to stop and they continued driving in a reckless or dangerous manner. This definition is contained in Section 51B of the Road Transport Act 2013 (NSW).

      This is a Table 1 offence under the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (NSW). As such, it is finalised in the Local Court unless you or the prosecution elect to deal with it in the District Court.

      Elements of police pursuit

      The prosecution must prove the following elements beyond reasonable doubt for a police pursuit charge:

      1. You drove a vehicle; and
      2. You either knew, should have known, or had reasonable grounds to suspect that Police required you to stop; and
      3. You did not stop driving; and
      4. Your driving was reckless or at a speed or manner dangerous to others.

      If any of these elements are not made out, then you can be found ‘not guilty’.

      Defences to Police Pursuit

      The following are defences to police pursuit:

      1. Honest and reasonable mistake: You were not aware police were in pursuit of you, and it was reasonable for you not to have been aware. An example may be if police are so far behind you that you could not see them or hear their sirens.
      2. Identification: Police cannot prove that you were driving the vehicle
      3. Your driving did not cause any real or potential danger to others and you weren’t speeding excessively
      1. Duress: That you were forced to commit the offence
      2. Necessity: your actions were necessary in the circumstances

      Contact us now to speak to an experienced criminal defence lawyer. We will be able to advise you whether any defences are open to you and can begin preparing your case.

      Penalties for Police Pursuit

      The maximum penalty for police pursuit is 3 years imprisonment for a first offence or 5 years imprisonment if you have previously been convicted of a major offence.

      The automatic licence disqualification for police pursuit (first offence) is 3 years and 5 years for a second or subsequent offence.

      The minimum licence disqualification for police pursuit is 12 months for a first offence and 2 years for a second or subsequent offence.

      As you can see, these charges are extremely serious. They carry hefty gaol sentences as well as lengthy licence disqualifications.

      Contact us now to discuss your case with a specialist police pursuit solicitor.

      Sentencing for Police Pursuit

      In sentencing for police pursuit, you can receive:

      1. Section 10 dismissal
      2. Conditional Release Order without Conviction (previously known as Section 10 good behaviour bond)
      3. Fine
      4. Conditional Release Order with Conviction (previously known as Section 9 good behaviour bond)
      5. Community Corrections Order (previously known as Community Service Order)
      6. Intensive Corrections Order (ICO)
      7. Full Time Imprisonment

      Will I go to jail for police pursuit?

      When analysing police pursuit statistics since 2018, it is unsurprising to see that 56% of persons found guilty of this offence were sentenced to some form of jail. 8% of offenders were sentenced to full-time imprisonment. All other offenders received criminal convictions.

      Plainly, a conviction and jail are both very likely for this offence. As such, you should speak to Australia’s best police pursuit lawyers.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      What is Skye’s law?

      Skye’s law is the informal name for the charge of Police pursuit. It is named after 19 month old toddler Skye Sassine, who was killed when her family’s car was hit by a driver who was attempting to escape police.

      This offence came into effect when the Skye’s law bill (Crimes Amendment (Police Pursuits) Act 2010 ) was passed.

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