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Carriage Services Offences in NSW: the legal ramifications of your words

In today’s interconnected world, where communication happens at the touch of a button, the legal ramifications of our words have become increasingly complex. If you are facing the prospect of or have been charged with criminal law offences in New South Wales related to the use of carriage services, it’s crucial to understand the legal landscape and your rights.

In this blog, we will delve into the topic of carriage services offences in NSW, discuss possible defences, examine relevant case law, and explain why Repute Law is the most suited and best criminal law firm in Australia to guide you through this challenging process.

Carriage Services Offences

Carriage services offences encompass a range of activities involving the use of telecommunications networks, such as phone calls, text messages, emails or social media posts, to harass, menace or offend others. Section 474.17 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995 outlines these offences. They apply to conduct over a carriage service, which includes any means of electronic communication.

This section further states that the maximum penalty is three years of imprisonment if the case is brought before the District Court. Alternatively, if the matter is presented in the Local Court, the maximum penalty is one year of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $12,600. While these penalties may seem harsh, they are served on the most serious of offenders.

If charged with using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend a victim, it is imperative to look at the facts of your case to determine whether any potential defences may be applicable. These include if you were the internet provider or carriage service provider, mistaken identity (another party used your device to send the message), being under age, under duress or mentally ill. Although the charges are serious, speaking to an experienced criminal defence lawyer is important to ensure all avenues and defences are explored, ensuring the best possible result for your situation.

Navigating the complexities of carriage services offences requires the expertise of criminal lawyers who understand the nuances of the law. Repute Law, one of Australia’s premier criminal law firms, stands out as the ideal choice for your legal representation. Unlike other firms, Repute Law is comprised entirely of Senior Criminal Defence Lawyers, ensuring that experienced professionals handle your case. Our team’s vast experience and in-depth criminal law knowledge uniquely equip us to handle even the most complex cases.

At Repute Law, we go above and beyond to provide exceptional client service. Every client is allocated a Senior Criminal Defence Lawyer who works alongside a dedicated Case Concierge®, a qualified lawyer who supports and advises you throughout the legal process. Our Case Concierges are committed to ensuring you receive the best possible outcome by offering valuable insights and helping you understand your options.

We understand the anxiety and uncertainty of facing criminal charges, so we prioritise making our clients Court Ready®. This means that before you step foot in Court, we meticulously prepare your case, leaving no stone unturned. By ensuring you are well-prepared and informed, we empower you to make the right decisions and confidently navigate the legal process.


When it comes to carriage services offences in NSW, the consequences can be significant. To protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome, seeking expert legal advice is crucial. Repute Law’s team of Senior Criminal Defence Lawyers, supported by qualified Case Concierges®, has the knowledge, experience and dedication to guide you through this challenging process.

By engaging Repute Law at the earliest opportunity, our Senior Criminal Defence Lawyers can promptly gather evidence, interview witnesses and prepare the best possible defence. Our team will negotiate with the police, aiming to minimise reputational loss by seeking to have the charges reduced or even dismissed without going to Court. Early representation could mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.

Don’t leave your future to chance. Contact Repute Law today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards resolving your legal matters. With our unwavering commitment to excellence, we will fight tirelessly on your behalf to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Trust Repute Law to provide you with the exceptional legal representation you deserve.

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