Theft – Community Based Order

The client was released from hospital after 3 months of treatment following a serious motor vehicle accident.

He had a long standing addiction to heroin but had remained drug free for over a year. Whist in hospital, he was treated with opiate drugs which triggered cravings for heroin.

The client was caught trying to shoplift 2 days after he was released from hospital. This breached a 3 month suspended sentence.

We represented the client at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court for the charge of Theft.

Under usual circumstances the client would have been expected to serve 3 months in prison. We referred him to a psychologist who prepared an excellent report, confirming all the medical issues he had suffered, and diagnosing him with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The report formed the basis for the Magistrate finding exceptional circumstances.

The Magistrate placed the client on a Community Based Order to receive treatment for his PTSD, rather than sentencing him to serve a prison sentence.


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