Theft and Dishonesty Charges – Withdrawn

Our client was charged with multiple theft and dishonesty offences including one traffic offence.

What is alleged to have occured?
The charges were are Attempting to Obtain Property By Deception (amount in the vicinity of $20,000) Unlicensed Driving, Deal With Property Suspected to Be Proceeds of Crime (numerous items including credit card etc.), Obtain Property By Deception (under $100), and Theft of a credit card which was subsequently used to withdraw an amount of approximately $18,000.

What happened at court?
Doogue + George represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. We negotiated with the prosecutor and got all the charges withdrawn except for Unlicensed Driving and Obtain Property by Deception. For these remaining charges, the client submitted a plea of guilty to the court.

Our client has significant criminal and driving priors and was already serving a 20-month sentence.

What was the result?
The magistrate ultimately imposed 14 days in prison, wholly concurrent so no extra time is to be served. A fine of $717 was also imposed which the client intended to convert into work while in prison.

This was a good outcome. We negotiated with the prosecution to get the main charges dropped, got the case resolved at contest mention stage, and most importantly, the client did not need to serve any more time.
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 08/06/2016