3 Types of Criminal Offences

Criminal lawyers are kept busy dealing with all different kinds of crime, but in fact these all fall under one of three different categories. This is important because the kind of crime committed has to do with which kind of court the person will be tried under; a magistrate’s court or the Supreme Court.

The 3 type of criminal offences are: –

Summary or simple offences. These make up the majority of common offenses and are defined as

  • Having no term or imprisonment, but a fine of less than $120,000.
  • Having a maximum term of 2 years imprisonment
  • Most dishonesty offences of $2500 or less, not including robbery, violence or serial offences, or offences of more than $2500
  • Not including arson or bush fire offences
Correction Orders

Community Based Correction Orders Explained

Criminal lawyers will tell you that being sent to prison is not always the best way to help a person who has broken a minor law. if you have committed an offence for which you should be punished but not sent to prison, community based correction orders may be instigated. This teaches you that there is always some kind of consequences for your actions, whether they are good or bad.

When you have community based correction orders applied to your case as a punishment, it usually means you have to do some kind of work to help and improve the community you live in. It may also include taking part in human development courses, educational or vocational training and undergoing rehab or some kind of treatment to address your problems.

To ensure you do what the court has ordered, a correctional officer will be assigned to you. You usually have to report to your correctional officer during the period of your orders. It is wise to do everything you have been ordered to do, otherwise worse punishment may be given.