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In relation to most criminal and traffic offences, the legislation provides a maximum fine that Court can impose on an offender convicted for that offence.


A fine is a monetary penalty and is noted in Acts as a number of penalty units.You might see the offence provides you could receive a number of penalty units. For example, the offence of mid-range drink driving provides that first offenders convicted for the offence may receive a maximum penalty of 20 penalty units or imprisonment for 9 months or both.

One penalty unit is equal to $110, pursuant to section 17 Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999. Therefore, 20 penalty units is equal to a fine of $2,200.

If the Magistrate or Judge has given you fine as your sentence (or part of your sentence), you have received a conviction and the criminal offence will be recorded on your criminal record.

Although particular offences have legislated maximum penalties, the sentencing Court has a discretionary power to reduce the amount of the fine.


Section 21(3) Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act provides:

“If by any provision of an Act or statutory rule an offender is made liable to a fine of a specified amount, a court may nevertheless impose a fine of a lesser amount.”

If you are concerned about the possibility you would receive a heavy fine as part of your sentence, it is important that you contact seek legal advice. Should you wish to discuss your options, please contact KF Lawyer for a free initial consultation.

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