Terrorist Acts

by Doogue O'Brien George Criminal Defence Lawyers

How Serious is the Charge of “Terrorist Acts” in Melbourne? What’s the Maximum Penalty?

There is a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for a person found guilty of committing Terrorist Acts”. This is a highly serious offence as is demonstrated by the maximum penalty for the charge. The highly serious nature of the offence is also reflected by the type of Court that hears the charge: the Supreme Court.


The legislation on “Terrorist Acts”

Section 101.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 is the relevant legislative provision for Terrorist Acts” and is as follows:


Terrorist Acts


(1)  A person commits an offence if the person engages in a terrorist act.


Penalty:  Imprisonment for life.


(2)  Section 15.4 (extended geographical jurisdiction--category D) applies to an offence against subsection (1).


Pleading guilty or not guilty to “Terrorist Acts” in a Melbourne Court

Pleading guilty or not guilty to the charge of Terrorist Acts” has important implications for you and should be made after careful consultation with a criminal defence solicitor. If the Court finds you guilty, the consequences will be highly severe.


Elements of the charge of “Terrorist Acts” in a Melbourne Court

The prosecution must show that the defendant engaged in a terrorist act.


Defending the charge of “Terrorist Acts” in a Melbourne Court

Defences that are often run in relation to this charge revolve around a factual or identification dispute. Did the accused really engaged in a terrorist act? Was it an act of terrorism? Other defences may be considered in Court depending on the circumstances of the case.


For more information on Terrorist Acts”, you may visit the Doogue O’Brien George Melbourne Criminal Lawyers site (here).

Doogue O’Brien George Melbourne can provide you more details about this

Our Head Office is at 5/221 Queen Street, Melbourne

Phone (03) 9670 5111 (24 hrs if you are in a Police Station)


This article was written on Sep. 18 2013 and relates to the law as it stands at this time.


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