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Forgot to Pay for Fuel - Police Summons for Stealing?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by jackjoseph92, 5 May 2014.

  1. jackjoseph92

    jackjoseph92 Member

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    If I forgot to pay for fuel due to having no sleep on a holiday. I then got pulled up by the police where I wasn't put under arrest but they made me go back and pay for fuel. Which was fine. But 1 week later I got a summons to court for stealing. Under criminal law, am I guilty or not?
     
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    Yeah I have a question if I forgot to pay for fuel and the cops pulled me up down the road I told them I must of forgot they didn't put me under arrest and then exported me to pay which I did the full amount which was fine . But 2 weeks later I got a court summons for stealing am I guilty or should I fight it
     
  3. rebeccag

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    G'day jackjoseph92,

    Only you know if you're guilty or not!
    WA Police has a page with Criminal Offence Descriptions - Theft/Stealing:
    The unlawful taking or obtaining of money, goods or services, without the use of force, threat of force or violence, coercion or deception, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner or possessor of the use of the money or goods. This category of offence includes the theft of vehicle parts or the contents of a vehicle.

    Its interesting if the Police have charged you because in your case you have suggested that you didn't have the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the goods. Intent is needed to prove the theft/stealing charge. You also said you went back and paid for the fuel. (Here is a recent article about petrol drive offs in Western Australia.) It doesn't seem that they could prove the intent element ... unless you've done it before?

    Legal Aid WA has an Infoline you can call for some legal advice (1300 650 579) and you could also make use of the Legal Aid duty lawyer on the day you have to go to court.

    Hope that helps.
     

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