Criminal lawyers Melbourne & Ballarat

There’s a lot at risk if you’re charged with theft, robbery or fraud. You may face jail time and it could make it difficult for you to get a job in the future. Whether you’re caught shoplifting or gave false information to someone, our experienced lawyers can give you advice on how to deal with the charges and help you defend yourself in court.

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

Types of theft

There are several types of theft offences that you could be charged with. Some are serious crimes that are called indictable offences, while other less serious crimes are called summary offences. The type of theft offences include:

  • Burglary or robbery, this is when you go somewhere uninvited with the intention of stealing something or damaging property;
  • Aggravated burglary, where you have a weapon or explosive and enter a building knowing that someone was there;
  • Home invasion and aggravated home invasion, which involves entering someone’s home;
  • Theft, that includes taking something that is not yours from someone else; and
  • Shoplifting.

Types of fraud

Fraud is a crime that involves dishonesty. It can include someone trying to gain personally by acting dishonestly. Some fraud crimes include:

  • Centrelink fraud;
  • False accounting;
  • Obtaining property by deception;
  • Forgery; and
  • Getting someone to perform a sexual act by deceiving them.

Fraud can involve other serious crimes like rape or burglary, or be relatively minor. The seriousness of the crime will depend on the circumstances and the effect of the fraud on another person.

Proving a charge of fraud is often difficult as the prosecution needs to show that you tried to deceive someone.

Why MNG Lawyers

Our lawyers have over 20 years experience helping people just like you. Being charged with theft or fraud 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

Yes. If you’re charged with an indictable offence like burglary you can receive a prison sentence. The more serious crimes like aggravated burglary or fraud that involves valuable property or a lot of money can carry a prison sentence of up to 25 years. For less serious charges you may receive a fine, a Community Corrections Order or a Good Behaviour Bond.

Yes. Unless the court chooses to give you a penalty that doesn’t carry a criminal charge, your crime will go on your criminal record. If you’ve been charged with theft or fraud it may make it difficult for you to find a new job or may even put your current position at risk.

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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