Offensive Conduct

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What is Offensive Conduct?

Offensive Conduct is a criminal offence in circumstances where a person behaves in an offensive manner in or near a public place or a school.

Offensive Conduct & The Law

Offensive Conduct is an offence under Section 4 of the Summary Offences Act 1988 (NSW).

What the Prosecution need to Prove (Beyond a Reasonable Doubt):

  • The accused behaved in an offensive manner; and

  • The location of where the offensive conduct took place occurred in or near, a public place or a school


Going to Court – “What am I looking at?”

This is a Summary Offence which means that it will be dealt with in the Local Court, and will carry a maximum penalty of $660 and/or 3 months imprisonment.

In many cases involving a charge of Offensive Conduct, custodial sentences will not be imposed, but rather a range of sentencing options may include either a Community Correction Order ("CCO") or a Conditional Release Order ("CRO"), whereby the matter can be discharged under a bond or undertaking to the Court that no further offences will be committed without the need for a conviction and a criminal record.

Lawyer Call – here to help..


Contact our office today, and rest assured you are in experienced and capable hands, working with expert lawyers with a proven track record of great results, having successfully defended countless cases of Offensive Conduct.

We understand the intricacies of conducting powerful pleas before a Magistrate, where should you wish to plead guilty, our lawyers have an impeccable strike rate of assisting clients avoid criminal convictions.


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