Caitlin (kiffany) wrote in little_details,

Australian Law (Keeping Someone in the Country)

I'm writing a novel in which my protagonist (a 20-year-old girl woman lady) must stay in Sydney, Australia for a few years. She doesn't want to be there but because of a crime she committed in the past she has to be. I know that in some cases, when someone has committed a crime instead of going to jail they are fined and asked not to leave the country/state for a certain amount of time.

My question is: for those familair with Australian law (even though I'm Australian I'm not too knowledgeable when it comes to that) what kind of crime could my main character commit that would prevent her from leaving the country for a few years? I originally had the idea of something to do with drugs, but my father said you're unlikely to be forced to stay in the country - you'd be either jailed or fined. I was then thinking some kind of fraud, maybe credit card fraud, but I really wasn't too sure.

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