Burglary and Theft – Fine Without Conviction

This is a case study on charges of Burglary and Theft resulting in a financial penalty with no conviction.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was charged with Burglary and Theft. The value of the property stolen was $7,000 in the form of expensive bottles of alcohol. These items were not recovered by the police.

It must be noted that the client had no previous criminal history.

What happened at court?
We represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Having reviewed the brief, it was apparent that CCTV footage captured the offending. The client followed our advice and entered a plea of guilty at the first mention of the case.

During the plea in mitigation, the magistrate was notified of the fact that our client had no criminal history, and was entering an early plea of guilty. Other favourable matters were placed before the magistrate in mitigation which included the circumstances of the offending and our client’s excellent employment history.

What was the result?
For the charges of Burglary and Theft, the court imposed a without conviction fine of $2,000 and the client was ordered to pay restitution.

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 01/05/2018