Hinder Police

Hinder Police

It is an offence for a person to hinder or resist a police officer in the execution of the officer's duties.

Summary Offence

This matter will be dealt with in the Magistrates Court of South Australia.

What the prosecution must prove

The prosecution must prove that you realised your behaviour either did or would probably have impeded or frustrated a police officer in either performing their duties or attempting to perform their duties.


There are a range of possible defences including, but not limited to, the following:

  • honest and reasonable mistake of fact.


The maximum penalty for the offence of hinder police is $10,000 or imprisonment for 2 years.

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