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Police Pursuits: Skye's Law

'Skye's Law' was proposed by NSW parliament after 19 month old Skye Sassine was tragically killed during a police chase on New Year's Eve 2009 when two alleged robbers crashed into the car she was in.

Skye's law cases have been treated very seriously since that time, and it is vital to get traffic lawyers who are experienced in dealing with 'Skye's Law' matters 

Skye's Law - The Legislation

Skye's Law is contained in section 51B of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). It provides that:

    51B
    (1) The driver of a vehicle:
    • (a) who knows, ought reasonably to know or has reasonable grounds to suspect that police officers are in pursuit of the vehicle and that the driver is required to stop the vehicle, and
    • (b) who does not stop the vehicle, and
    • (c) who then drives the vehicle recklessly or at a speed or in a manner dangerous to others
    is guilty of an offence.

The maximum penalty is 3 years imprisonment for a first offence or 5 years for a second or subsequent occasion.

The offence also carries an 'automatic licence disqualification period' of 3 years which can be reduced to a minimum of 12 months if there are good reasons to do so eg if the person requires the licence for work, if he or she has completed a 'traffic offender program', etc.

Why Our Traffic Lawyers?

Sydney Criminal Lawyers is extensively experienced in representing clients in 'Skye's Law' cases.

Our traffic lawyers are often able to persuade police to withdraw the charge and - if police refuse to do so - to have the charge dismissed in court because police are unable to prove one or more of the 3 'essential elements' of the offence (ie (a), (b) or (c) above). 

We frequently have 'Skye's Law' charges replaced with a far less serious one (eg negligent driving or speeding).

If the evidence is strong and you wish to plead guilty, we have the experience and know-how to put you in the best possible position on your sentencing date, and we guarantee that you will be represented at court by an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist.

Don't be represented by a 'non-accredited lawyer' for your Skye's Law case, get the best.

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