Theft and Going Equipped to Steal

The client was a first offender at a mature age and suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. It was her first time before the court and the weight of this case caused her significant stress.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was found shoplifting items at department stores in Melbourne. She made admissions to shoplifting items but denied that the items such as shopping bags and scissors were for use in the shoplifting.

What happened at court?
Amelia Ramsay acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The charges were Theft and Going Equipped to Steal.

We advised the client to seek treatment with a clinical psychologist so that a report could be provided to the court. The report was persuasive and provided reasons linking the client’s mental state to the offending.

What was the result?
We successfully negotiated for the matter to be recommended for diversion by making comprehensive written submissions to the informant. A diversion hearing was listed and the client was found suitable for diversion.

Having advised the client to engage with a clinical psychologist, we had the benefit of a helpful report which persuaded the court that the client would not reoffend.

Amelia RamsayAmelia Ramsay

Admitted to practice in 2013, Amelia performs her work with care and professionalism ensuring clients understand the Court process, their charges and that they receive the best possible outcome.

Since joining Doogue + George, Amelia has represented clients in a broad range of indictable offences including, manslaughter (one-punch laws), foreign incursion and terrorism related offences, importation of drugs, cultivation of drugs, and sexual offences. Her work has included trials in the County and Supreme Court, plea hearings and contested committals as well as appeals to the Court of Appeal. Amelia works closely with barristers including briefing Queen’s and Senior Counsel. Amelia also appears regularly at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and suburban courts as a solicitor advocate.

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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 31/01/2018