Skye’s Law – Police Pursuit and Reckless Driving in New South Wales
What is Skye’s Law?
The New South Wales government introduced new laws in 2010 following the death of 19 month old Skye Sassine in Sydney. Skye died when the vehicle she was travelling in was hit by a man leading police on a high speed pursuit. Following this tragic death there were calls for tougher penalties on people who lead police on dangerous pursuits. These new laws became known as Skye’s Law.
Skye’s Law is intended to deter people from attempting to evade police which can lead to dangerous chases and high speed police pursuits.
If you are found guilty of a police pursuit charge under Skye’s Law, the penalty you receive depends on a number of circumstances. Skye’s Law carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison for a first offence and up to five years in prison for a repeat offence. In addition to the possibility of a prison sentence, there is a mandatory disqualification from driving for up to three years.
In order to convict you, the police need to prove that you were aware or you suspected the police were pursuing you, that you didn’t stop and that you drove in a reckless or dangerous way. These elements can be difficult for the prosecution to prove.
Experienced criminal lawyers can present the best possible defence to the charges by arguing that the police have not proven their case and present evidence to the court in your defence.
A successful defence or mitigation plea can result in the Magistrate reducing the period of disqualification or even deciding, at their discretion, not to disqualify you at all. Experienced lawyers can also deal with the police in the lead up to the court date to sometimes reach agreement that the charges be dropped, or downgraded to a less serious charge.
What to do
The penalties imposed under these laws can be significant, but our experienced criminal lawyers can make sure that you get the most lenient outcome possible.
If you have been charged for reckless driving under Skye’s Law, or would like more information, contact Go To Court Lawyers in Sydney on (02) 8006 0530 to obtain legal advice and representation.