Theft, Full Admissions – Diversion

Our client was charged with theft for having allegedly stolen items that amount to close to $800 worth of grocery items. He has no prior court history and has made full admissions to the offending.

Shaun Pascoe represented our client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

We successfully argued for a court diversion on behalf of our client. This was an especially pleasing result for our client as it reflected the personal remorse he felt for his role in the offending. A Court record would have been problematic for our client in maintaining his employment.

As part of the diversion process, a full explanation as to why our client offended in the manner in which he did, and submissions which highlighted various favourable facts, were made to the Magistrate. These included our client’s full cooperation with the police, the remorse he had shown when first interviewed, that all of the property alleged to have been stolen had been recovered, and that he was engaged in an on-going psychological counselling.


Shaun PascoeShaun Pascoe

Shaun is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and a partner of the firm. Shaun runs the Heidelberg branch of Doogue + George.

He is an experienced criminal law solicitor and works hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. Shaun handles indictable and summary criminal offences and is an expert at criminal defence for both contested and non-contested cases.

Visit Shaun's profile to read more about his background and experience.

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