Escaping From Lawful Custody
Have you been accused of Escaping From Lawful Custody?
Police InterviewThe police may want to interview you in relation to this charge because they suspect you are guilty. It is worth remembering that anything you tell the police can be used in evidence against you. It is also worth remembering that you have the right to say ‘no comment’ to police except where they ask for your name, address and date of birth. This is a safe option because you will avoid saying anything which may incriminate you. You can always tell your side of the story later on.
Before you speak to police you should speak to a criminal lawyer who can go through the procedures of a police interview and advise you on whether you should provide a comment interview.
Pleading Not GuiltyIf you think you have been wrongly charged with this offence it is important to get in touch with a criminal lawyer as soon as possible who can discuss your options about contesting the charge. Our lawyers have dealt with this charge often and have achieved success. We will be able to help you navigate the complex criminal justice system and develop a strategy for your case if you decide to plead not guilty.
Pleading GuiltyWhere there is strong evidence against you, you may decide to plead guilty. It is equally as important to have a lawyer represent you where this is the case. Our lawyers do court appearances at the Magistrates’ Court daily and will be able to assist you to put together a plea on your behalf that will get you the best possible outcome.
SentencingSentencing in the Magistrates’ Courts of Victoria
- The Police pull over a man and he jumps out of his car and runs away.
- A woman is arrested and is in a police van. She tries to open the door to jump out.
- A man escapes from prison.
- You did not try to escape.
Questions in cases like this
- Can they prove that you tried to escape?
- Did you have a reason for leaving?
Maximum penalty and Court that deals with this charge
The maximum penalty for Escaping From Lawful Custody (s49E of the Summary Offences Act 1966) is 2 years imprisonment.
Escaping from lawful custody is the sort of summary offence regularly heard in the Magistrates’ Court.
What is the legal definition of Escaping From Lawful Custody?A person, while being lawfully detained, escapes or attempts to escape from custody.
“Did you try to escape from the Police?”