The Summary Offences Act 1953 (SA) also contains anti-association laws. One of these is a law against consorting (associating) with particular people.
Under section 13 of the Summary Offences Act 1953 (SA) :
A person who:
- habitually consorts with (at least 2) convicted offenders (people who have been convicted of indictable offences) on at least 2 occasions; and
- consorts with those offenders after having been given an official warning (by police) in relation to each of those offenders,
is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: 2 years imprisonment
If the consorting was with:
- family members;
- in lawful employment or in the operation of a lawful business;
- in training or education;
- in the course of health services provision or legal advice; or
- in lawful custody or in the course of complying with a court order; and
the defendant satisfies the Court that the consorting was reasonable in the circumstances, then it is to be disregarded for the purposes of this offence.
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