(1) A person who fraudulently takes anything capable of being stolen, or fraudulently converts to the person’s own use or to the use of any other person, anything capable of being stolen, is said to steal that thing.
(2) A person who takes or converts anything capable of being stolen is deemed to do so fraudulently if the person does so with any of the following intents, that is to say—
In Queensland, it is an offence to fraudulently take or convert to their own use anything that is capable of being stolen. A person will be charged with stealing if they take or convert something capable of being stolen in order to permanently deprive the owner of the item, permanently deprive any person who has special property in the thing, use the thing as a pledge or security, part with it on a condition as to its return which the person taking or converting may be unable to perform, or deal with it in such a manner that it cannot be returned in the condition it was taken. The police must prove that the complainant did not give the accused consent to take or convert the item.
The maximum penalty for a theft offence is 5 years imprisonment. However, if the circumstances of the offence are aggravated, the maximum penalty may increase to between 10 and 14 years imprisonment. Aggravated circumstances include when the property stolen valued more than $5,000, if the property stolen was a firearm or ammunition, or if the property was stolen from a dwelling and is valued at more than $1,000. There are other circumstances of aggravation which may increase an offender’s sentence. Stealing offences are usually heard in the Magistrates Court, however, if the circumstances are serious enough then the matter must be dealt with in the District Court.
In Queensland, if a person is convicted of Stealing, then the court could impose one of the following penalties:
The actual penalty will depend on the circumstances of the matter including the seriousness of the theft offence and the individual circumstances and background of the Defendant.
Yes. The facts of your theft case will determine which defences will be available for you. The following defences may be available to you:
You have the right to remain silent. You DO have to provide the police with your name, date of birth and contact details. You should NOT answer any questions, make any statement or participate in any interview with the police. You should be polite to the officer but insist that you want to talk to your lawyer. You have the right to telephone a friend, relative or lawyer.
If you are charged with a theft offence, it is very important that you seek immediate legal advice. Our team of theft defense lawyers at Brooke Winter Solicitors can give you over the phone advice. We have a solid reputation as expert Criminal Lawyers and can represent you in court.
Call us on 1300 066 669 if you have any questions. We can assist you no matter where you are located and can appear in every court.
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