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Property offences could include offences relating to larceny, thieving, stolen property, and malicious damage to property.
According to the NSW Law, Larceny is when the accused is charged with stealing.
What amounts in law to stealing? The essential elements of that offence are
1. that the property must belong to someone other than the accused
2. it must be taken and carried away; and
3. the taking must be without the consent of the owner of the property.
Offences of malicious damage of property occur when a person intentionally or recklessly destroys property belonging to another person. This offence can attract a sentence of up to five years (or six years if the accused is in company with another person)in jail.
Property-related crimes can encompass other charges as well. Things like shoplifting, threatening to destroy property, vandalism, and damaging protected spaces can all fall into these offenses.
At CM Lawyers, we can help with such offenses. We can provide you with advice in relation to the relevance, and the way that the Court looks at these types of charges and the likely outcome of the case.
You must seek legal advice if you have been charged with any of the above offenses as they do have a major impact on how the Court will deal with you and what conviction, if any, the Court will make.
Some of these offences do carry a Jail sentence, and thus it is imperative that legal advice is obtained at the earliest possible opportunity, preferably prior to any statements being made. Contact Us Now for advice.