Pleading Guilty to Handling Stolen Goods and Other Charges

This is a case study on pleading guilty to Handling Stolen Goods and other charges.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client had four matters involving handling stolen goods, drug possession, and weapons possession. He has a long history of similar offending and the matters before the court on this occasion represented an escalation in his offending.

What happened at court?
We represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:

The matter required attention to detail during the case conferencing due to it being 4 separate incidents and due to the fact that it involved a number of items alleged to be stolen goods. Once we had settled on an appropriate resolution of the charges, the client pleaded guilty.

The date for the plea was to be heard some four months after the plea of guilty had been entered. This was because there was a significant backlog in the courts at the time and because of the fact that the client had 4 separate matters being dealt with.

As the date of the plea was some months away, the client was able to continue to adhere to his bail conditions and, most importantly, not re-offend. This meant that we could make a submission to his court that he had made a commitment to himself and the court.

The prosecution opened the case against the client by outlining the circumstances of the offending to which he pleaded guilty. Following the prosecution summary, a plea in mitigation was conducted on his behalf where submissions were made about his personal circumstances and relevant principles of law. The court was informed of his history and the rehabilitation he has undertaken.

What was the result?
The court accepted our submissions and ultimately placed the client on a Community Corrections Order with only therapeutic conditions to address his drug use and likelihood of re-offending – an excellent outcome for a case of pleading guilty to Handling Stolen Goods and other charges. His Honour felt that the sentence would be an appropriate course of action to address the client’s offending and drug use while remaining in the community.

Elements of Handling Stolen Goods:
  • The accused handled the goods;
  • The goods were stolen goods at the time the accused handled them;
  • The accused knew or believed at the time he/she handled them they were stolen goods; and
  • The accused’s handling of the goods was dishonest.
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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 17/04/2019