Police Pursuit Offence
What is a Police Pursuit?
The offence of Police Pursuit has become a commonly laid charge in recent years with the introduction of ‘Skye’s Law’. It involves the failure to stop after being directed to do so by Police, and then recklessly driving off at a dangerous speed.
Police Pursuit & The Law
Police Pursuit is an offence under Section 51B of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).
What the Prosecution need to Prove (Beyond a Reasonable Doubt):
The accused knew that police were in pursuit of their vehicle; or
The accused ought to have reasonably known that police were in pursuit of their vehicle; and
The accused failed to stop; and
The accused drove off in a reckless manner at a dangerous speed
Going to Court – “What am I looking at?”
This offence is treated seriously by the Court and carries a maximum penalty of up to 2 years imprisonment in the Local Court.
If the Director of Public Prosecution chooses to elect the matter, and have it transferred to the District Court due the seriousness of the offence and any aggravating features, the maximum penalty can be up to 3 years imprisonment if this was a first time offence, and 5 years imprisonment if the accused had former convictions of Police Pursuit in the past.
There is also an automatic driver licence disqualification period of 3 years with a minimum period of 12 months.
Lawyer Call – here to help..
At Lawyer Call, we understand that if you or a loved one has been charged with Police Pursuit, you may be feeling anxious and worried about what will happen next.
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. On many occasions ,this offence is hard to defend due to overwhelming Police evidence.
We understand the intricacies of conducting powerful pleas before a Magistrate, where should you wish to plead guilty, our solicitors have in-depth preparation in gathering and analysing specific medical and supporting documentation to assist the case and present the best possible submissions before a Magistrate or a Judge for a more lenient sentence.
At every stage of this process, our lawyers will provide useful legal advice, strong representation in Court, masterful negotiation skills with Police and continuous personal support for you and your family throughout this trying time.
Our Online Legal Conferencing Service, together with our dedicated correspondence and face to face consultations are just only some of the reasons Lawyer Call is the Legal Team you want on your side.
Being charged with Police Pursuit can be overwhelming due to the seriousness of the charge, and the implications this could have on your life, family and future aspirations. At Lawyer Call, we seek to understand the exact details of the incident first and foremost.
If you have been charged with offence, please call our office immediately on 1300 LAW 111.