Section 504 of the Crimes Act is similar to section 503, which deals with the offence of ‘steal dog.’
However, it differs from that section as it refers to the possession of a stolen dog.
This offence essentially refers to situations where you have a stolen dog in your possession, however you did not actually steal the dog itself.
The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of $550, however, this is the absolute maximum penalty that can be imposed by the courts and therefore only applies in the most serious situations.
It’s important to bear in mind that while this offence does not carry a penalty of imprisonment, it can still result in a criminal record, which can affect your work and travel plans.
It’s therefore important to get a reputable and experienced criminal defence lawyer on your side.
Our criminal defence experts have extensive experience representing clients in these types of cases and can give you the strongest possible defence against the charges so that you avoid a criminal conviction.
504 Possessing stolen dog or skin
Whosoever has unlawfully in his or her possession any stolen dog, or the skin of any such dog, knowing the dog to have been stolen, shall, on conviction by the Local Court, be liable to pay a fine of 5 penalty units.
Being accused of having a stolen dog in your possession can be distressing and upsetting for you and your family.
However, with the best criminal defence team on your side, you can fight the charges and avoid an onerous penalty.
Our lawyers have considerable experience representing clients in these types of matters and have the knowledge and skills necessary to secure a positive outcome in your case.
We specialise almost exclusively in criminal law, and our expert insight and experience in these types of cases sets us a cut above other ‘general’ law firms.
In every case, our lawyers will push to have the charges dropped at an early stage by carefully examining the evidence in order to identify problems with the prosecution case.
We can then write to the prosecution highlighting these deficiencies and requesting that the charges be dropped on this basis.
Alternatively, if your matter proceeds to court, our lawyers will fight hard to secure a positive outcome in your case by presenting all favourable evidence, as well as any defences – such as whether you honestly and reasonably believed that the dog was not stolen.
We can also assist you in avoiding an onerous outcome if you wish to accept the charges against you and plead guilty – in these situations our expert advocates will prepare sentencing submissions which emphasise mitigating factors such as your good character in order to maximise your chances of securing a lenient outcome.
So for the best possible defence in your ‘possess stolen dog’ matter, call us today on
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