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In NSW, the offence of police pursuit is listed under section 51B of the Crimes Act 1900. The offence is also known as Skye’s Law as it was introduced after the toddler Skye Sassine was killed when a driver attempting to escape police crashed into her parent's car.
The offence of Police Pursuit is contained in section 51B of the Crimes Act 1900 which states:
The driver of a vehicle:
is guilty of an offence.
The maximum penalty for "Police Pursuit" is 3 years gaol for a first offence, or 5 years in gaol if you have been convicted of another major offence in the 5 years immediately before.
There is a minimum disqualification period of 1 year and an automatic period of 3 years.
In order for the police to prove their case at Court, they must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt that:
In rare cases the Court may exercise its discretion to impose a section 10(1)(a) or a section 9(1)(b) non conviction order. Section 9(1)(b) has replaced a section 10(1)(b) bond.
If you are particularly concerned about a conviction being recorded against you or the loss of licence it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
In NSW, traffic offences are treated seriously. Therefore, it is important to get competent legal advice as early as possible, whether you have received a penalty notice, had your licence suspended or been charged with a serious offence. Our lawyers are highly experienced and understand the difficulties you face without a licence. We can guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.