Section 193C Crimes Act 1900 | Proceeds of Crime


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If you are suspected of having or using property (including money) that has been obtained through unlawful criminal activity, you could face charges under s 193C of the Crimes Act 1900.

While being accused of dealing with the proceeds of crime can be daunting and upsetting, an expert criminal defence lawyer can help you fight the charges and obtain a positive result in your case.

If you’ve been charged under s 193C, our expert defence lawyers can advise you of any ‘reasonable grounds’ that you can raise to show that you were not aware that you were dealing with criminal proceeds.

Our lawyers frequently get charges dropped at an early by showing that clients had no way of knowing that the property in question was obtained through criminal activity, or by raising an appropriate defence, such as duress (where you have been coerced or threatened into using or keeping the property).

Alternatively, if you wish to accept the allegations against you, we can assist by preparing effective sentencing submissions which highlight any ‘mitigating factors’ that should be taken into account by the court when determining your penalty.

Our lawyers fight hard in every case to persuade the court to deal with these matters by way of a ‘section 10 dismissal or conditional release order,’ which are where you are found guilty of the offence, but no conviction is recorded on your criminal record.

For the best defence in your ‘proceeds of crime’ case, speak to the experts at Sydney Criminal Lawyers®. Call us today on (02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first conference with us today.

The Legislation

Section 193C of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of “dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime” and reads as follows:

193C Dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person deals with property, and

(b) there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the property is proceeds of crime, and

(c) at the time of the dealing, the value of the property is $100,000 or more.

Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 5 years.

(2) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person deals with property, and

(b) there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the property is proceeds of crime, and

(c) at the time of the dealing, the value of the property is less than $100,000.

Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 3 years.