Adjourned Undertaking for Theft Charges

Adjourned Undertaking for Theft ChargesOur client had two police matters listed at the Sunshine Children’s Court. The first involved charges of Affray and Assault allegedly committed at Woodgrove Shopping Centre. The charges were aggravated by the allegation that our client had been carrying a knife during the initial stages of the affray and that there were young children present. The second matter involved nine burglary charges as well as related charges of theft, criminal damage, and dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime.

We represented the client at the Sunshine Children’s Court on the following charges:

  • Trespass With Intent to Steal Therein
  • Theft
  • Criminal Damage

A number of burglary charges were withdrawn following negotiations with the police. Guilty pleas were then entered to the remaining charges. Rowan asked for a deferral of sentence to allow our client to participate in group conferencing (where an offender talks about the offending with victims, police, and other affected parties so that they can better understand the impact of their behaviour). During the period of deferral, Rowan also arranged and encouraged the client to participate in an anger management program.

Following the period of deferral, his Honour was impressed by the progress our client had made and ultimately imposed an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour for 12 months, without conviction. His Honour also refused a prosecution application to take a sample of our client’s DNA.

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 22/10/2015