Discharge without conviction

This Outcome Means That The Court Is Satisfied That The Charge Is Proven Against The Federal Offender, But Will Not Record A Conviction. In Order To Benefit From This Order, The Court Must Be Satisfied Of Two Things. Having Regard To The Either The:

  • character, criminal history, age, health or mental condition of the person charged:
  • The trivial nature of the offence, or
  • Extenuating circumstances to the commission of the offence

It would be inexpedient to inflict any punishment on the offender: s. 19B(1)(b) Crimes Act 1914 (Cth).

If the court is satisfied that is inexpedient to inflict any punishment, it will either dismiss the charge unconditionally, or discharge the person without a conviction on condition they enter into a good behaviour bond for up to three years. Remember, even when discharged without conviction, a court may order restitution if appropriate to the charge.


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