Most people would be aware that stealing is a criminal offence; however, the law specifies particular penalties for stealing in certain situations.
For example, section 148 of the Crimes Act deals with ‘stealing property in a dwelling house.’
This essentially refers to situations where you are alleged to have stolen items from a person’s home.
It’s important to bear in mind that this offence is different to the offence of ‘break, enter, and steal,’ which involves breaking into property that is secured – for example, entering property through a closed door, or breaking a window in order to gain entry.
In contrast, ‘stealing property in a dwelling house’ does not involve breaking in – for example, this may refer to cases where you enter the property through an open door, gate or window.
The law imposes a heavier penalty in these cases than for ordinary stealing (larceny) offences – where you are charged with stealing property in a dwelling-house, the maximum penalty is 7 years imprisonment, compared to 5 years imprisonment for ordinary stealing cases.
While the penalty may seem excessive, it is important to bear in mind that they are the absolute maximums. They will therefore only be imposed in the most serious cases.
Our criminal law experts have a wealth of experience defending all types of stealing matters and can assist you in avoiding these onerous penalties.
Section 148 of the Crimes Act 1900, which deals with Stealing Property in a Dwelling-House, reads as follows:
148 Stealing Property in a Dwelling-House
Whosoever steals in a dwelling-house any property shall be liable to imprisonment for seven years.
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