Steal from person is a serious criminal offence. It involves taking property from someone else without any use or threat of violence. Our criminal lawyers have great success in defending Steal from person charges and having our clients found not guilty. We use a range of defences including identification (it wasn’t you who stole the property), arguing the property was not actually stolen or that you intended to return the property and even that the property belonged to you.
If you intend to plead guilty, our criminal lawyers have a proven track record of not only keeping our clients out of jail but having no conviction recorded for larceny offences.
How do I beat a charge of stealing from person?
You will be found not guilty of the offence of Steal from person if the police cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt:
- You stole a chattel, money or valuable security;
- From the person of the victim.
Stealing involves you taking and carrying away property that belonged to another person with the intention to permanently deprive the owner of that property and the taking was done without the consent of the owner.
An intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property must exist at the time of the taking. f the obtaining of the property is innocent a later intent to steal is insufficient. If the accused takes the property without having decided whether to keep it or not, he does not commit larceny.
Claim of right is a defence to the charge of Steal from person. A person will have a claim of right where they possess a genuine belief that they have a bona fide claim of right to certain money. If you believed you were entitled to take the property, it does not matter that you did not believe you were entitled to take it in the manner you did.
If you agree you have committed the offence and the police are able to prove so, it is best to plead guilty. You will normally receive a discount on your sentence, and it will demonstrate remorse and contrition. It may also be the case that one of our experienced solicitors can negotiate with prosecutors for you to plead guilty to less serious facts, or even a less serious charge.
Steal from person carries a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment and/or a fine of $5,500.00 in the Local Court and 14 years imprisonment in the District Court. This penalty is typically reserved for the worst offenders. If the property stolen is valued at less than $2,000.00 then the maximum fine a court can impose is $2,200.00. Steal from person is a serious criminal offence.
You can read about all the sentencing options that a court has, including having no conviction recorded.
Do I need references?
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Why choose Australian Criminal Law Group?
Our criminal lawyers are experts at obtaining the best outcome possible for Steal from person offences. For these offences, a good lawyer can be the difference between a conviction and no criminal record and freedom or jail. To read more about Australian Criminal Law Group, click here.
To discuss your Steal from person charge, call Australian Criminal Law Group at our Sydney, Parramatta, and Blacktown offices or make a website inquiry today.
Mr Correy represented an Accused person charged with Aggravated Robbery. The Accused man admitted to the police that he had both been in a fight with the victim and that he had taken the wallet. Mr Correy represented to the DPP that the fight had occurred without any intention to rob. The wallet had fallen from the victim’s pocket during the fight. Mr Correy represented that the taking of the wallet occurred following the fight. The threat of violence and taking did not coincide. The DPP agreed and laid charges of assault and steal from person resulting in the offences staying in the Local Court. The Accused person pleaded guilty and received good behaviour bonds.