Collecting or Making Documents Likely to Facilitate Terrorist Acts

by Doogue + George Criminal Defence Lawyers

Collecting or Making Documents Likely to Facilitate Terrorist Acts

Collecting or Making Documents Likely to Facilitate Terrorist Acts is a criminal charge filed against a person who gathers or creates documents used for planning or doing a terrorist act.

Examples of Collecting or Making Documents Likely to Facilitate Terrorist Acts

  • Someone downloads a bomb-making guide to help an attempted bombing of a police station.
  • A person compiles a manual of various ways of bombing the headquarters of various political groups.

What are some of the possible defences to a charge of Collecting or Making Documents Likely to Facilitate Terrorist Acts?

  • There was no intention for the document to help prepare or do a terrorist act.
  • The person was not aware that the document had any connection to a terrorist act.

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       

  • How can they prove an intention to help plan or do a terrorist act?
  • Was there any awareness of a connection to a terrorist act?

Maximum penalty and court that deals with this charge

The maximum penalty is 15 years imprisonment. This is a Commonwealth offence, meaning it will be heard in the Supreme Court.

What is the legal definition of Collecting or Making Documents Likely to Facilitate Terrorist Acts?

In legal terms, Collecting or Making Documents Likely to Facilitate Terrorist Acts has 3 basic parts. They are:

  • A person collects or makes a document; and
  • The document is connected to planning or doing a terrorist act; and
  • The person knew that there was a connection, or a likely connection, to a terrorist act.

Legislation

The section that covers this offence is section 101.5 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code 1995.

What can you be sentenced to for this charge?       

Given the nature of the charge, you would almost inevitably expect to get a gaol term for a charge like this.

 

If you have been charged with Collecting or Making Documents Likely to Facilitate Terrorist Acts, then you are at a high risk of getting a prison term should you be found guilty and convicted. Act with urgency. Contact a lawyer and get your case evaluated. Doogue + George Defence Lawyers has accredited criminal law specialists that specialise in criminal defence against Commonwealth offences such as this charge.

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