Section 99 Crimes Act 1900 | Demanding property with intent to steal


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If you’ve been charged with ‘demanding property with intent to steal,’ it’s important to find out what the law says to enable you to effectively fight the charges.

Section 99 of the Crimes Act deals makes it an offence to ‘demand property with intent to steal.’

It says that if you use menace or force to demand property from another person in an attempt to steal it, you could face a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment.

There’s no need to prove that you used violence against the other person or injured them in any way – you can still be charged under section 99 where you simply threatened or intimidated another person into handing over their property.

You could also face a heavier maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment if somebody helps you carry out the offence.

While these penalties may seem harsh, it’s important to remember that they are maximum penalties, which means that they will only apply in the most serious cases.

You can potentially avoid these harsh penalties by getting advice and assistance from a capable and experienced criminal lawyer.

You can read more about robbery offences here.

The Legislation

Section 99 of the Crimes Act deals with the offence of ‘demand property with intent to steal’ and reads as follows:

99 Demanding property with intent to steal

(1) Whosoever, with menaces, or by force, demands any property from any person, with intent to steal the same, shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.

(2) A person is guilty of an offence under this subsection if the person commits an offence under subsection (1) in the company of another person or persons. A person convicted of an offence under this subsection is liable to imprisonment for 14 years.

(3) It is immaterial whether any such menace is of violence or injury by the offender or by any other person.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Being charged with a criminal offence such as “demand property with intent to steal” may result in harsh penalties under the law.

However, with the help of our expert defence team, you can place yourself in the best possible position when it comes to fighting the charges and securing a favourable outcome in your case.

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers, we have helped countless clients avoid onerous penalties by finding problems with the prosecution case and pushing to have the charges dropped at an early stage, avoiding the need to go to court and saving our clients time and money.

Where the prosecution refuses to drop the charges, our highly driven lawyers will effectively present your case in court, alongside any evidence that supports your side of the story, to ensure that you get a positive outcome in your case.

Our lawyers can also help you obtain a favourable outcome if you wish to plead guilty, by persuading the magistrate or judge to deal with your matter leniently.

For the best result in your ‘demand property with intent to steal’ case, get Sydney’s most experienced criminal lawyers on your side. Call us today on (02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first appointment with our criminal law experts.