Penalty Provisions

This section of the website is designed to inform you of the different penalty options available to a Magistrate, Judge or Justice when passing (delivering) a sentence for an offence committed in NSW.

For ease of reference, there are three pages on penalties to cover the various possibilities depending on whether the offence charged is:

  1. NSW State-based,
  2. Commonwealth or Federal based, or
  3. Juvenile Children's Court based.

Please remember the comments in these pages do not prescribe the penalty a judicial officer will pronounce in any particular circumstance; these are merely an explanation of what the penalties are.

It is possible, and indeed a competent advocate should have the knowledge, skill and competence to urge a judicial officer to construct a sentence in a particular and realistic way; but keep in mind, a judicial officer should never to be told to pass a particular sentence, only urged and persuaded.

If you have been charged with an offence, and you would like assistance to understand your options, J Sutton Associates, have a NSW Law Society recognised Accredited Specialist in criminal law, with decades of experience acting for people in such situations. Call 02 8080 8055 for personalised advice and service.

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