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Section 153 Crimes Act 1900
Stealing from Ship in Distress

Stealing is a criminal offence, and the Crimes Act contains many different examples of stealing offences.

Section 153 of the Crimes Act makes it an offence to steal from a ship that is in distress or wrecked.

You may be found guilty of this offence where the prosecution is able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you stole property that was a part of, or that belonged to, a vessel that was in distress, wrecked, stranded or cast on shore.

If you are alleged to have committed this offence, you may face a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.

This is significantly higher than the maximum penalty for ordinary larceny offences, which is five years imprisonment.

However, it’s important to bear in mind that with the help of an experienced criminal lawyer, you may be able to fight the charges to avoid these onerous penalties.

The Legislation

Section 153 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of ‘Stealing from Ship in Distress’ and reads as follows:

153 Stealing from ship in distress or wrecked

Whosoever steals, or plunders, any part of any vessel in distress, or wrecked, stranded, or cast on shore, or any property of any kind to the value of two dollars belonging to such vessel, shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers®?

Being accused of stealing from a ship that is in distress can be upsetting and embarrassing.

However, a good criminal lawyer can make all the difference when it comes to fighting the charges and avoiding an onerous penalty under the law.

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers®, we have represented clients in a wide range of larceny matters.

Our expertise and knowledge of larceny law sets us a cut above the rest when it comes to securing positive outcomes in these cases.

In many cases, our lawyers are able to have serious larceny charges dropped by carefully examining the evidence and identifying problems with the prosecution case.

Where the prosecution refuses to drop the charges, our senior lawyers will give you the best possible defence against the charges by preparing a strong defence case that relies on any favourable evidence.

Our lawyers are excellent advocates who are not afraid to fight for your rights.

Our reputation for fearless advocacy enables us to obtain outstanding results in larceny cases.

Alternatively, if you wish to plead guilty to the charges, our lawyers will give you the best chance at securing a lenient penalty by presenting persuasive sentencing submissions which focus on positive factors such as your good character.

We consistently obtain outstanding results in these cases which are unmatched by any other law firm.

For the best result in your ‘stealing from ship that is in distress or wrecked’ case, get the experts on your side.

Call us today on (02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first conference with one of our criminal law specialists.

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