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NSW Will I Go to Jail for Larceny and Shoplifting?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by sydgonehope, 5 July 2016.

  1. sydgonehope

    sydgonehope Member

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    Hello everyone,

    A few weeks ago, I had the stupidest idea ever and I went into a store and I shoplifted a shirt worth 29 dollars. I got caught by the police and got charged with 3 different offences:, 1st larceny, 2nd possession of stolen goods, 3rd given false name.

    Now I have never been to court, it's my first time. I don't have a lawyer so I am going to be by myself there. Do you think I could go to jail for the offences? Should I consider getting a lawyer?
     
  2. Victoria S

    Victoria S Well-Known Member

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    In NSW, a court may impose prison sentences, home detention, intensive correction, suspended sentence, community service, good behaviour bond, a fine or a s10 dismissal - if you are convicted or larceny. If the matter is dealt with by the local court, penalties depend on the value of the property stolen -- for property worth less than $2,000 the max penalty is 2 years imprisonment.

    Therefore imprisonment is a possibility. You have no priors which is a good thing, but the circumstances of your arrest (giving a false name) are not favourable to your prospects. I would get a lawyer.
     

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