Obtaining Property by Deception – Suspended Sentence

The client was charged with obtaining well in excess of $150,000 from a Bank by presenting worthless cheques. He was running a business and was covering outgoings.

Bill Doogue represented the client at the Melbourne County Court for the charge of Obtaining property by deception.

The client pleaded guilty and was convicted and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment wholly suspended for 2 years.

It was a great result as he did not get an actual prison term. This was because he had some very strong factors that influenced the Judge not to put him in gaol. The main ones, in no particular order, were that he had paid all the money back, the offences happened 9 years ago, the client had mental health issues, he was currently in full-time employment, and he is caring for two young children (one with significant mental health issues).

The penalty was not opposed by the Office of Public Prosecutions.


Bill DoogueBill Doogue

Bill has been an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist for over 17 years and a criminal defence lawyer for over 25 years.

Bill specialises in defending corporate crime cases and defending serious sexual offences charges. Bill has expertly and successfully defended high profile, high-pressure cases and is highly respected by the Courts, police and his peers. Bill runs the Melbourne office and enjoys his involvement in advising on the higher level strategy that should be used to defend cases.

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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