Obtaining Property by Deception, Theft, and Drive Disqualified – Some Charges Withdrawn, Fine Without Conviction
The client had been called and was convinced by a friend to use a stolen credit card for a series of purchases over a two-day period. The friend was also charged and made a statement implicating our client in the online purchase of an expensive electronic device and driving while disqualified, both of which were denied by our client.
Our client faced charges of:
- Obtaining property by deception
- Drive disqualified
Andrew George represented our client at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court.
After discussions with the Prosecution over a number of weeks, including being able to show that the co-accused had lied in his statement to the Police, all disputed charges were withdrawn by the Prosecution. For the remaining charges, a non-conviction fine was imposed.
This outcome was made possible due to the ability to convince the Prosecution that the co-accused was an unreliable witness. This reduced the value of the dishonesty charges significantly, resulting in a non-conviction penalty.
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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