16 Charges of Burglary and Theft Reduced to One – Good Behaviour Bond, No Conviction

Our client was found near an industrial site by the Police and was charged with 16 charges of theft and burglary relating to multiple alleged burglaries over a prolonged period of time. The matter went to a contested hearing but, prior to this, it was resolved to one charge of burglary.

We represented the client at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court for the charges:

The matter proceeded as a plea and the sentence was adjourned following our submissions to the court for the sentence to be adjourned. This is in order for our client to be able to do a program that will reduce reoffending after the Court indicated a reluctance to sentence him to a bond without conviction.

Sentence was deferred and our client completed the program. On the return date, our client received a bond without conviction which, for a charge of burglary, was an excellent result.

Our client originally had 16 charges. We reduced them through negotiations to one charge of burglary which was an excellent result. At the plea hearing, through our advocacy, we were able to convince the Court to give our client time to complete a program which reinforced our submissions on the sentence date.

The Magistrate ultimately imposed a good behaviour bond without conviction and was confident in his decision to give such a lenient penalty for a burglary charge.


DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 25/02/2013