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Section 152 Crimes Act 1900
Stealing from Ship in Port

The Crimes Act contains a wide variety of stealing, or larceny offences, that apply in different situations.

Section 152 makes it a criminal offence to steal from a ship that is in port or on a wharf.

Before you can be found guilty of this offence, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you stole property that was inside a vessel, barge or boat, while that vessel was at a haven, port, or navigable river or canal.

You may also face charges under this section where you are alleged to have stolen property that was on a dock, wharf or quay.

Although this is a larceny offence, the maximum penalty that applies in these cases is actually higher than that which applies in most larceny cases.

The maximum penalty for stealing from a ship in port or on a wharf is 7 years imprisonment.

This is significantly higher than the penalty for ordinary larceny, which is 5 years imprisonment.

While these penalties are evidently heavy, our lawyers can assist you in avoiding these potentially devastating consequences.

We have considerable experience fighting and winning serious larceny matters and can give you the advice and representation that you need to avoid a heavy penalty.

The Legislation

Section 152 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of ‘Stealing from Ship in Port’ and reads as follows:

152 Stealing from ship in port or on wharfs etc


steals any property in any vessel, barge, or boat, while in any haven, or port, or upon any navigable river, or canal, or in any creek, or basin, belonging to, or communicating with, any such haven, port, river, or canal, or

steals any property from any dock, wharf, or quay,

shall be liable to imprisonment for seven years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers®?

It can be hard to know who to turn to when you’ve been accused of a serious larceny offence such as stealing from a ship in port or on a wharf.

However, it pays to have an expert lawyer on your side who is familiar with the law in relation to larceny, and who you can trust to give you the best advice when it comes to fighting the charges.

Our lawyers have represented clients in a wide range of larceny matters and have a proven track record of securing favourable outcomes in these cases.

Often, we are able to have the charges dropped at an early stage by taking the time to carefully examine all the evidence to identify problems with the prosecution case.

We can then write to police requesting that the charges be dropped on this basis.

Where the prosecution refuses to drop the charges, our fearless advocates will fight hard to protect your rights and interests in court.

We dedicate the time in every case to gather all relevant evidence so that we are able to put forth your side of the story in the most positive light.

Alternatively, where you simply wish to plead guilty to the charges, our lawyers can assist by preparing and delivering compelling sentencing submissions which focus upon the desirabilty of a lenient penalty.

Our advocates go the extra mile to secure the best possible outcome in every case and have a proven track record of obtaining outstanding results in these matters.

Call us today on (02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first conference with our dedicated defence lawyers.

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