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.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers®?

Choosing the right legal team to defend your reputation and interests can be a difficult process.

However, it is always important to look at a firm’s experience and results when making this decision.

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers®, we have extensive experience defending and winning some of the most complex criminal matters – so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.

Our criminal law specialists will take the time in every case to carefully scrutinise all the evidence in order to identify problems with the prosecution case at an early stage in the proceedings.

Where issues are found, our lawyers will write to the prosecution asking to have the charges dropped on this basis – often sparing our clients the considerable time and expense associated with defended hearings.

However, should your matter proceed to court, our senior lawyers will represent you and present a strong defence case to maximise your chances of being found ‘not guilty.’

Our senior lawyers are highly skilled advocates who have been recognised for their expert knowledge of the criminal law, as well as their ability to obtain excellent results in difficult cases.

We can assist you in avoiding the harsh penalties imposed by the law if you simply wish to plead guilty – in these cases, our experienced advocates can prepare and present compelling sentencing submissions which focus on any positive factors of your case.

For the best defence in your case, get the experts on your side today. Call us now on
(02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first conference
with our criminal law specialists.