Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
Contaminating Goods to Cause Public Alarm
In New South Wales, contaminating goods with the intent to cause public alarm or economic loss is an offence that carries a maximum of 10 years imprisonment. This offence can apply to a person who commits the offence outside of New South Wales if the offence involves intended public alarm or anxiety, or economic loss, within New South Wales.
The Offence of Contaminating Goods
The offence of Contaminating Goods is contained in section 93K of the Crimes Act 1900 which states that a person who contaminates goods with the intention of:
- causing public alarm or anxiety, or
- causing economic loss through public awareness of the contamination,
is liable to imprisonment for 10 years.
There are relevant definitions for ‘contaminate’, ‘goods’ and ‘economic loss’ contained in section 93J of the Crimes Act 1900.
The definition of contaminate includes:
- interfering with the goods, or
- making it appear that the goods have been contaminated or interfered with.
Goods are defined as including goods:
- whether or not for human consumption, and
- whether natural or manufactured, and
- whether or not incorporated or mixed with other goods.
Economic loss caused through public awareness of the contamination of goods includes a reference to economic loss caused through:
- members of the public not purchasing or using those goods or similar goods, or
- steps taken to avoid public alarm or anxiety about those goods or similar goods.
What Actions Might Constitute an Offence of Contaminating Goods?
A charge of contaminating goods may result from the following actions:
- Spraying pesticide on a competitor’s organic farm crops and making a public post about it so that they lose business because they can no longer claim their produce is organic;
- Contaminating a water supply with a virus and making that knowledge public in order to cause mass panic;
- Posting a video of yourself to Facebook pretending to urinate on goods in a local grocery store in the hope that no one will shop at that store.
What the Police Must Prove
To convict you of contamination of goods, the prosecution must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:
- They contaminated goods; and
- Intended to:
- cause public alarm or anxiety; or
- cause economic loss through public awareness of the contamination.
Possible Defences for Contamination of Goods
Possible defences to contaminating goods include but are not limited to:
- That the accused did not intend to cause public alarm, anxiety of economic loss;
- That the accused did not do the act alleged.
Which Court Will Hear Your Matter?
This matter will be dealt with in the Local Court unless a party elects to have it dealt with in the District Court.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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