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Theft or Larceny Offences

Some things you need to know about larceny:

These are the basic elements of the offence that the prosecution must prove:

  • That you took the property with a criminal intent;
  • That the property belonged to somebody else;
  • The property was taken without the owner’s consent;
  • The property was taken with the intention of permanently depriving the owner; and
  • The property is an item – something tangible recognised by the law (for example, you cannot steal somebody’s goodwill).

Offences akin to larceny

The offence of larceny has many relatives. These include fraud, goods in custody suspected of being stolen, stealing motor vehicles, passing valueless cheques, obtaining a financial advantage by deception, larceny as a clerk or servant, stealing cattle, and even stealing somebody’s dog. These areas of law are complicated and police often lay more serious charges then the facts establish. The Local Court Lawyers are experienced and knowledgeable in this area of law and can determine whether the charge can be defended or a less serious charge can be negotiated for you. If you have been charged with a criminal offence of dishonesty then competent legal representation is essential – ideally before you agree to an interview, but if not, then as soon as possible.

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