Police Pursuit

Police pursuit is one of the most serious traffic offences. As a result, full time imprisonment is possible.

If you’ve been charged with this offence, our experienced traffic lawyers are here to help.

We can help you:

  • Defend the charge
  • Negotiate the facts with police
  • Or, if pleading guilty, we can help you to prepare a strong subjective case in order to seek leniency from the court 

Will I go to jail for police pursuit?

This offence is also referred to as ‘Skye’s Law’. It was the intention of Parliament when introducing this charge for it to carry significant penalties. The maximum penalty is 3 years imprisonment. Therefore, it’s possible to go to jail. This includes for a first time offence.

However, there are alternatives to imprisonment available. For example, an intensive corrections order or a community corrections order.

The sentence imposed will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The level of negligence
  • Your criminal history
  • Your traffic history
  • Completion of the Traffic Offenders Program
  • Your subjective circumstances

Can I avoid a criminal record? 

The court will most likely convict you for the offence. 

Will I lose my licence?

Yes. You’ll lose your licence upon conviction.

The automatic disqualification period is 3 years. The minimum period is 12 months. 

Can I defend the charge?

Yes. It is possible to defend this charge. The prosecution will need to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you committed the offence. 

In addition, possible defences include:

  • You were not aware you were being pursued by police
  • You weren’t driving at a speed which would put others in danger
  • Acting under duress

As a result, if the court accepts your defence, you will be found not guilty.

We can help 

Our lawyers are experienced in representing people charged with serious traffic offences, including police pursuit.

Contact us today on 0421 700 497 for a free initial consultation. 

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