Theft, Handle Stolen Goods, Use Unregistered Plates

This is a case study on theft and driving offences resulting in a diversion sentence.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was alleged to have stolen a set of number plates from a parked vehicle and fitted them to her own unregistered vehicle. This was in order for her to try and avoid being charged with Driving an Unregistered Vehicle. As a result, she was charged with Theft, Handle Stolen Goods, and Use Unregistered Plates.

What happened at court?
We acted on the client’s behalf at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court.

The client had no prior or subsequent criminal history and had turned her life around since the offence took place. She had secured employment and wanted to avoid a criminal record.

Firstly, we were able to persuade the police member who charged the client to file a diversion notice. This gave her the opportunity to have her matter proceed by way of diversion and potentially avoid any finding of guilt or black mark against her name.

We then assisted the client in providing written information and material to the diversion coordinator and the presiding magistrate.

What was the result?
Diversion was ultimately deemed appropriate in the circumstances by the magistrate. This was a good result for a case involving charges of Theft, Handle Stolen Goods, and Use Unregistered Plates

Elements of Theft:
  • The accused appropriated property belonging to another;
  • The accused did so with the intention of permanently depriving the other of the property; and
  • The accused acted dishonestly.
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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 10/09/2019