Section 154I Crimes Act | Dishonestly Possessing Rebirthed Vehicle


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Due to the recent crackdown on organised crime, the government has introduced new sections to the Crimes Act which deal with “rebirthed” or stolen vehicles.

One of these provisions is section 154I, which deals with the possession of rebirthed vehicles.

This section says that if you have a car or boat in your possession, and a “unique identifier” of that car or boat has been interfered with, you could face a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment.

A “unique identifier” refers to any numbers, letters, symbols or information which can be used to identify the vehicle, vessel, or a part – for example, a serial number or vehicle identification number (VIN).

To be found guilty of this offence, the prosecution must also prove that you possessed the vehicle, vessel or part “dishonestly.”

This means that you must be shown to have obtained, received, registered, supplied or used the vehicle, vessel or part dishonestly.

Generally this refers to situations where you knew that the vehicle, vessel or part was stolen.

While the maximum penalty for this offence is harsh, our experienced lawyers can advise you of any positive steps that you can take to fight the charges or secure a more favourable penalty.

The Legislation

Section 154I of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of “dishonestly possessing rebirthed vehicles or vessels” and reads as follows:

154I Possession of motor vehicle or vessel where unique identifier has been interfered with

(1) A person who dishonestly has possession of a motor vehicle or vessel, or a part of a motor vehicle or vessel, a unique identifier of which has been interfered with, is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 5 years.

(2) For the purposes of this section, a person “dishonestly” has possession of a thing if:

(a) the person obtained or received the thing dishonestly, or

(b) the person intends to register, supply or use the thing dishonestly.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Being charged with a criminal offence such as car or boat rebirthing can have negative implications on your life and future.

But with the right lawyers on your side, you can fight the charges to avoid onerous penalties under the law.

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers, we have considerable experience fighting and winning “car rebirthing” cases.

Our lawyers can give you the best possible defence against the charges where you have been accused of possessing a rebirthed car or vessel.

We will dedicate the time and effort in each and every case to meticulously examine all the evidence in order to identify problems with the prosecution case.

Where possible, we will raise these issues with the prosecution at an early stage and push to have the charges dropped on this basis.

Should your matter proceed to court, our outstanding advocates will push to have the matter heard in the Local Court, where the maximum penalties are much lower.

We will then prepare a compelling defence case in which all favourable evidence is raised and all relevant witnesses are effectively examined.

Should you wish to plead guilty to the offence, our lawyers will fight to secure the most lenient penalty by preparing sentencing submissions which highlight any positive factors in your case.

So for the best result in your “dishonestly possessing rebirthed vehicle” case, get the best legal team on your side today – call us on (02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first conference with our experts.