What is a Concealing?
The offence of Concealing involves a person knowing about an offence committed by another person, and deliberately withholding information which could have potentially assisted police in the apprehension of that person. This can also include withholding information which may have assisted in the successful prosecution and conviction of that person in Court.
Concealing & The Law
Concealing is an offence under Section 316 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).
What the Prosecution need to Prove (Beyond a Reasonable Doubt):
The accused knew that a serious offence was committed by another person; or The accused believed that a serious offence was committed by another person
2. The accused failed without a reasonable excuse, to bring the relevant information to the attention of authorities
Going to Court – “What am I looking at?”
This type of offence can be dealt with before a Magistrate in the Local Court, where a maximum penalty of up to 2 years imprisonment can be imposed.
However, it is often considered as of sufficient seriousness for the Director of Public Prosecution to decide to elect the matter, and have it transferred to the District Court before a Judge. In such circumstances, the maximum penalty can be up to 7 years imprisonment.
Lawyer Call – here to help..
Contact our experienced team of defence solicitors to obtain appropriate and honest legal advice regarding the prospects of defending this charge and fighting this in Court at a Defended Hearing in the Local court.
At Lawyer Call we have the expertise and appropriate Barristers and Senior Legal Counsel available for Trial work in the District Court. We understand that the correct management of such a sensitive case through the long Court processes is crucial to putting up the right fight.
Alternatively, if a plea of guilty is more appropriate in the circumstances, negotiations will need to be conducted in an effort to reduce the seriousness of the Police Facts that will be presented before the sentencing Judge. Our solicitors also have in-depth experience in preparing a guilty plea through the gathering and analysing specific medical and supporting documentation to assist the case and present the best possible submissions before a Judge for a more lenient sentence.
If you have been charged with an offence of Concealing, contact our office immediately on 1300 LAW 111 for a review of your matter. Our experienced Defence lawyers will guide you through the Court process, and together start working on the most beneficial legal strategy for you during this difficult time.