If you work for a government department or organisation, you are expected to uphold certain standards whilst at work.
In fact, you could face special charges if you are caught stealing (also known as “larceny”) from a public body or organisation.
Section 159 of the Crimes Act says that you may be charged with an offence if you steal any property from a public body, where that property came into your possession as a result of your employment.
This may include equipment, documents or other property belonging to a government body.
Due to the confidentiality of government documents and other material, the law prescribes a lengthy maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment for this offence.
While this may seem excessive, it is important to remember that it will only apply in the most serious cases.
Our lawyers can work together with you to fight the charges and avoid a criminal conviction, or, if you wish to plead guilty, persuade the court to impose the most lenient penalty possible.
Section 159 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of “larceny by persons in public service” and reads as follows:
159 Larceny by persons in Public Service
Whosoever, being employed in the Public Service, steals any property, or any part thereof, intrusted to him or her, or taken into his or her possession, or being in his or her custody, or under his or her control, by virtue or colour of such employment, shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.
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Our expert defence team consists of outstanding advocates who have been carefully handpicked due to their excellent reputation, advocacy skills and understanding of the criminal law.
Our lawyers are also sympathetic to our goal of getting matters resolved at an early stage and strive to have charges dropped at an early stage where possible by identifying problems with the prosecution case.
Where the prosecution refuses to drop the charges, our lawyers will fight hard to defend your innocence by raising any possible defences in court, presenting all favourable evidence, and thoroughly examining all relevant witnesses.
We can also assist you in avoiding a harsh penalty if you simply wish to plead guilty – in these cases, our lawyers will present persuasive sentencing submissions which provide compelling reasons as to why a more lenient penalty is appropriate.
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