Criminal Offences


When the majority of people think of terrorism, the thought of the 9/11 twin tower attacks, explosions or hostage situations often come to mind. While these acts can definitely be examples of acts of terrorism, it might be surprising to understand the true definition of the term. Acts of terrorism are defined as intentional violence that is used to create fear and terror amongst masses of civilians in order to pursue a financial, political or religious agenda.

In recent years, terrorism has become a highly broadcasted topic with Government bodies dedicating numerous resources in order to be prepared should an attack occur. As a result, the Australian Government takes acts of terrorism very seriously with terrorist related incidents attracting some of the most significant penalties in the Australian judiciary system. In fact, due to the severity of the crime, a full-time custodial order such as imprisonment in gaol is highly likely.

At Benjamin Leonardo – The Defenders, we are an award winning law firm based in Sydney and have an impressive 90% success rate on all our criminal cases. With 29 years of experience, our firm is home to some of Sydney’s best criminal defence lawyers. Our dedication, commitment, honesty and respect to such cases makes our team highly capable to assist individuals should they be facing such a charge. If you, or someone you know has recently been charged with terrorism related offences, it is advised to seek legal representation immediately.


Defined as a public violent disturbance, a riot is a criminal offence in the State of NSW. Found under section 93B of the Crimes Act 1900 NSW, a riot is when you have 12 or more who are present together, use or threaten unlawful violence for a common purpose and their conduct as a whole would cause a reasonable person at the scene to fear for his or her personal safety.

Engaging in Terrorism

Acts of terrorism are taken very seriously in the NSW judiciary system. Whether a specific event defined as terrorism eventuated or an individual simply was involved in the training of terrorist acts to potentially plan an even in the future, the person or persons involved are considered to be engaging in terrorist acts and therefore will be liable to punishment accordingly.

Planning a Terrorist Act

Acts of terrorism are taken very serious in Australia and around the globe. In Australia, there are strict counter terrorism and security laws in place to prevent acts of terrorism eventuating in order to protect the general public. As a result, planning or being involved in the planning of a terrorist act is a serious criminal offence, incurring significant penalties if found guilty.

Possession of Terrorist Material

Acts of terrorism and its related offences are some of the most serious criminal convictions dealt with in the Australian judiciary system.  In fact, not only is the act of terrorism considered a criminal offence, but the possession of terrorist material can make individuals susceptible to a criminal conviction.