In the past few decades there has been an expansion of the roles played by police in NSW, as elsewhere. Even though the police perform an increasingly wide range of functions in society, crime-control remains paramount in the perceptions of the police in the minds of both the police and indeed the majority of the public. For that reason, any interference with a police officer in the execution of duty is deemed an offence — unless a defence can be later exhibited.
What if you help someone else commit this offence?
- You did not know that the person was a police officer or that the police officer was not acting lawfully. [Notice that where a police officer’s actions are either outside of those duties or illegal, there will be no offence of hindering police].
- You deny that you committed the act that police allege constituted the offence.
- You argue that the police officer/s were not engaged in performing their duties as police officers at the time;
- You are able to raise the defences of necessity, duress or self-defence, as a reason for your conduct.
Even if you are found guilty, it is possible to avoid a conviction. Much will depend on the special circumstances of your case and the evidence that is presented to the Court. Our experienced team can assist you in presenting your case in order to achieve the best possible outcome.