Public Mischief

What Is The Charge Of Public Mischief?

Lying to the police resulting in an investigation by a police officer is a criminal offence and referred to as public mischief.

The charge of public mischief also includes those who make false statements to police about an act that has already occurred or will occur in the future.

It is possible for you to be charged if your statement was made to a third-party who as a result passes this information on the the police.


  • Duress; and
  • Necessity


Upon conviction in the Local Court, the maximum penalty is 12 months imprisonment and/or a fine of $5,500.

If you are charged with public mischief, contact Benjamin & Leonardo Criminal Defence Lawyers for precise and honest legal advice. Your first conference is free.