Criminal lawyers Melbourne and Ballarat

There’s a lot at risk if you’re charged with a crime of dishonesty or deception. You could receive a hefty fine, go to jail or find it difficult to get a job in the future. Whether you’re charged with theft, blackmail or giving false information to Centrelink or other government agencies, our experienced lawyers can give you advice on how to deal with the charges and minimise the disruption to your life.

Our criminal lawyers will help you get a fair hearing and resolve your issue quickly so you can get on with your life.

What is dishonesty or deception

Deception means that you have said or done something that is deceitful about what is really true. You must either intend to do something or behave recklessly, which means you do something knowing that there is a substantial risk that it may be deceptive.

Deception can also include doing something to a machine or computer with the intention of making it do something that you don’t have the authority to do. For example, using someone else’s ATM card and PIN to withdraw money without their permission.

Dishonesty means you do or receive something knowing that you don’t have a legal right to it.

Types of dishonesty or deception crimes

There are a range of crimes that involve dishonesty or deception in Victoria. These include:

  • Theft;
  • Obtaining property by deception;
  • Obtaining a financial advantage by deception;
  • Falsifying documents or accounts;
  • Making false statements;
  • Suppressing documents;
  • Making false insurance claims;
  • Declaring the wrong income or personal circumstances to Centrelink;
  • Embezzlement; and
  • Blackmail.

Why MNG Lawyers

Our lawyers have over 20 years experience helping people just like you. Being charged with dishonesty or deception can be an emotional and stressful experience, so we take the time to listen to you, explain what your rights are in plain English and outline your options. We can represent you in court and help you get a fair hearing.

Frequently Asked Questions

The penalty that you may receive depends on the crime you’re found guilty of but could include:

  • A fine;
  • Time in prison;
  • A Community Corrections Order, where you can serve your sentence in the community; or
  • A Good Behaviour Bond, where you can stay in the community but must meet certain conditions.

If you’re found guilty of a dishonesty or deception crime it may also be difficult for you to find employment in the future.

Get in touch today, always in confidence.

We’re here to help. It’s our top priority to ensure your needs and concerns are met every step of the way.
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