There are a lot of extra police working during Leavers. If you do the wrong thing, you can be charged with many different offences, which can have really serious consequences for you. While you might not think some of these are that serious, you can still end up with a criminal record. This can make it hard to get a job or travel overseas.
Some of the other offences that are often committed by people at Leavers include:
You could be sentenced to a term of imprisonment if you assault someone. Assault includes pushing, hitting, kicking, punching or spitting on someone. If that person is seriously injured, increased penalties apply. If the person you assault is a public officer, such as a police officer, you could face a mandatory term of imprisonment.
You could be charged with a criminal offence if you cause damage to someone’s property. You could also ordered to pay for the damage.
Public nuisance and police offences
You could be charged with a criminal offence if you are disorderly in a public place (for example, swearing, fighting or urinating), obstruct a police officer, or fail to obey an order from a police officer (such as an order to give your name or to move-on).
You could lose your licence if you are caught drink-driving. If you are a P-plater, your licence will be cancelled completely and you will have to re-sit your practical driving test before you can drive again.
Driving recklessly to escape a police pursuit
If you fail to stop for police and drive recklessly to escape them, you could face a mandatory term of imprisonment.
Dangerous driving causing death or grievous bodily harm
If you drive in a dangerous way and cause an accident where someone dies or is seriously injured, you will probably be sentenced to a term of imprisonment.
Did you know that the police can impound your car off you if you are charged with some traffic offences? Your car could be taken off you for at least 28 days.