Fraud, theft, and stolen property offences
Fraud and Theft. What are they?
Crimes of dishonesty range from simple shoplifting to employee theft and large scale fraud and embezzlement.
There is often an explanation for how you came to be charged pursuant to a dishonesty offence. Economic hardship, the influence of friends and family members, and addiction are often factors that lead to the commission of these offences. The more complex the fraud charges, the greater the amount of disclosure and possible defences.
Receiving a criminal record for a dishonesty offence may significantly damage your current and future employment prospects. Many education facilities and employers specifically screen candidates for dishonesty in their background. It is always best for you to consult with legal counsel if you have been charged with an offence of this nature. Our lawyers have extensive experience dealing with a wide variety of serious theft, fraud and possession offences. They will assist you in determining your best way forward.
Will I receive a criminal record if I plead guilty to my charges?
Short Answer: It depends on the sentence your receive.
Sentencing is an individualized process. The nature of the offence and your circumstances will be considered by the Courts in imposing sentence. This includes a consideration of how a criminal record would affect your current and future prospects. Most dishonesty crimes that are prosecuted in our Courts are eligible for a conditional or absolute discharge. Should a court discharge you conditionally or absolutely, you will not receive a criminal record.
Should you receive a fine, suspended sentence with probation, or jail sentence as your ultimate sentence, you will receive a criminal record. You may be eligible to apply for a pardon after 5 or 10 years, depending on your charges.