- $2,500 fine or imprisonment for 6 months.
- Honest and reasonable mistake of fact (Proudman vs Dayman Defence)
It is an offence for a person to hinder a police officer in the execution of their duties.
Hindering includes any interference, obstruction or disturbance that makes it substantially more difficult for police to perform their duties. For example, a person who deliberately stands in the way of police officers or who argues with them when they are trying to arrest another person may be guilty of an offence.
There is no exhaustive list of the powers and obligations of the police, however, the core duties of a police officer are to take all steps necessary in order to keep the peace, prevent crime or to protect people or property from criminal injury. A police officer is authorised to carry out these functions even when off-duty.
However, where the police officer’s actions are outside of those duties or they act illegally there will be no charge for hindering police.
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The maximum penalty for this offence is $2,500 or imprisonment for 6 months.
If you genuinely believed you were not hindering police, and it was reasonable for you to hold that belief then you may have a defence to this charge.
It is not necessary for the police prosecution to prove that you knew the person you hindered was a police officer or that they were engaged in the course of their duties.
Assaulting a police officer is a summary offence and will be dealt with in the Magistrates Court of South Australia.
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