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Furnish False or Misleading Information (Sex Offender Registry)

– section 47 of the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004

Furnish False or misleading information applies to registered sex offenders. It is when a registered sex offender provides inaccurate or incorrect details about himself or herself.

Examples of Furnish False or Misleading Information (Sex Offender Registry)
  • A registered sex offender makes a false statement about where she lives.
  • A registered sex offender misleads police officers about children he has contact with.
What are some of the possible defences to a charge of Furnish False or Misleading Information (Sex Offender Registry)?
  • The information provided was not false or misleading.
  • You were not aware of your obligations in relation to the information.

There are other possible defences, depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged offending. Each matter is unique and requires an individual approach and strategy.

Questions in cases like this
  • Did you say something to the Police about yourself or your circumstances that was incorrect?
  • Can they prove that something you said was false?

Maximum penalty and Court that deals with this charge

The maximum penalty for this offence is level 7 imprisonment (2 years).

These kinds of cases are heard in the Magistrates’ Court.

“Did the police misunderstand what you said?
What is the legal definition of Furnish False or Misleading Information (Sex Offender Registry)?

Furnish False or misleading information is when a registered sex offender provides information that is inaccurate, incorrect or misleading. And the information is in relation to requirements under the Sex Offenders Registry.

Legislation

The section that covers this offence is section 47 of the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004.1

What can you be sentenced to for this charge?

If the false information concerns your contact with children then you might go to jail if you are found guilty. However, if the false information is less serious, then you may only incur a fine or a Community Corrections Order. Obviously every case depends on its own facts and what can be said in your favour.

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[1] Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 – Section 47

(1) A registrable offender who in purported compliance with this Part furnishes details (other than details to which section 14 applies) that the registrable offender knows to be false or misleading in a material particular is guilty of an offence and liable to level 7 imprisonment (2 years maximum) or a level 7 fine (240 penalty units).
(2) A registrable offender who in purported compliance with this Part furnishes details to which section 14(1)(d), (da), (db), (dc), (dd), (e), (ea), (f), (g), (j), (k) or (m) applies that the registrable offender knows to be false or misleading in a material particular is guilty of an offence and liable to level 6 imprisonment (5 years maximum).
(3) A registrable offender who in purported compliance with this Part furnishes details to which section 14(1)(a), (b), (c), (h), (i) or (l) applies that the registrable offender knows to be false or misleading in a material particular is guilty of an offence and liable to level 7 imprisonment (2 years maximum).