Theft – Diversion Program

TheftThis is a case of Theft for which a diversion program was imposed.

Our client was a professional in his 40’s who had been charged with Theft. They had gone through the self service check-out at a supermarket and had paid for some of their groceries, whilst placing a number of other items in their bag without paying for them. They were immediately apprehended after they left the store, and made admissions to stealing a number of items valued at approximately $200.

Sophie Stafford represented the client at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court.

As our client was a professional, it was very important for this charge not to leave him with a criminal history. The client had contacted us as soon as he had been charged and this allowed us to arrange a conference quickly. We took detailed instructions about his personal circumstances, his employment, and how this would affect his future if he is to have a criminal history.

We prepared written submissions for the police informant, who eventually agreed to recommend our client for diversion. We assisted our client in writing a letter to the magistrate, explaining why he had done it as it was completely out of character.

The Magistrate was persuaded to place our client on the diversion program for a period of 2 months, with the only condition of having to make a donation of $200. Our client paid the donation immediately and the charge was dismissed without the need for them to return to court.

This was a great result because any conviction or finding of guilt would have appeared on our client’s criminal record, and this could have an enormous impact on his employment. The client, originally facing a charge of Theft and successfully getting into a diversion program, finally had the opportunity to completely put the incident behind him, without the risk of the incident impacting his life in the future.

 


Sophie StaffordSophie Stafford

Sophie is based at our Melbourne office. She was admitted to legal practice in 2014 and graduated with First Class Honours from La Trobe University. Sophie is currently a member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Criminal Law Section General Committee and the Young Lawyers Law Reform Committee.

Sophie's attention to detail plays a big part in obtaining successful results for clients. She handles both summary and indictable charges at Melbourne and suburban courts.

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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 28/06/2017