Pleading Guilty to Theft – Adjourned Undertaking, Without Conviction

Our client was charged with Theft from a supermarket where she had been employed for nearly 30 years. She had no prior convictions. She was in her mid 50’s and had recently experienced serious health issues. It was important to her that she not receive a conviction.

Theft in the context of employment is viewed particularly seriously by the courts, as it involves a breach of trust.

What is alleged to have occured?
The client was doing some personal shopping and, although she had scanned most items for payment, she deliberately failed to scan some items before placing them in the bagging area. The total value of the items stolen was around $60.00.

The case was heard at the Werribee Magistrates’ Court and Kristina Kothrakis provided legal representation.

What happened at court?
Considering the circumstances, the magistrate was persuaded to not impose a conviction because of the relatively low value, the client’s lack of prior history, and the extra impediment it would create in her finding new employment. We provided a medical report outlining the client’s health difficulties and character reference which spoke of her otherwise good character.

What was the result?
The matter proceeded as a plea of guilty to all charges. Following submissions, our client was placed, without conviction, on an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour for 12 months.

Kristina KothrakisKristina Kothrakis

Kristina has significant experience in criminal trials and also holds a degree in Science, majoring in Psychology, an invaluable area of knowledge, as many of her clients suffer from psychological disorders.

Kristina strives to achieve the best possible result for all her clients. Skilled, decisive and assertive, Kristina demonstrates dedication, care and professionalism at all times.

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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 24/02/2016