Section 117 Crimes Act 1900 | Larceny


Larceny, also known as ‘stealing,’ is one of the most commonly prosecuted offences. It is contained in section 117 of the Crimes Act 1900.

While being charged with larceny can potentially have a negative impact on your life, our expert defence team can help you understand the law and the options that are available to you.

A larceny occurs when you dishonestly take property belonging to someone else without their permission, and without any intention of returning it.

Section 117 says that if you are found guilty of larceny, you could face a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.

However, this is the absolute maximum penalty and only applies in the most serious cases. An experienced criminal lawyer can help you get a much lighter penalty, and in many cases, avoid gaol altogether.

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The Legislation

Section 117 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with ‘larceny’ and reads as follows:

117 Punishment for larceny

Whosoever commits larceny, or any indictable offence by this Act made punishable like larceny, shall, except in the cases hereinafter otherwise provided for, be liable to imprisonment for five years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

The expert defence team at Sydney Criminal Lawyers regularly obtains outstanding results in larceny matters and can help you understand the options available to you in your case.

In many cases, we’ve been able to have larceny charges dropped at an early stage by carefully examining all the evidence to find problems with the prosecution case.

Should the prosecution refuse to drop the charges, our highly-respected lawyers can present all relevant evidence in court to give you the best chance at securing a verdict of ‘not guilty.’

Choosing the right lawyer for you can make all the difference in your case, even if you are pleading ‘guilty.’

Our expert defence team has been able to obtain ‘section 10s’ in some of the most difficult larceny cases – where you are found guilty of the offence but no conviction is recorded on your criminal history, so you don’t have to worry about how the charge will affect your ability to work or travel.

For the best result in your larceny case, you need the best legal team. Call us now on
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