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Driving or Being Carried in a Conveyance Taken Without Consent

Driving or Being Carried in a Conveyance Taken Without Consent is an offence under section 154A(1)(b) of the Crimes Act 1900 which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You drove or were carried in a conveyance
  2. The conveyance was taken without the owner’s consent, and
  3. You knew it was taken without the owner’s consent

A ‘conveyance’ is any motor car, motorcycle, bicycle, cart, wagon, cab, carriage, caravan, trailer, motor lorry, tractor, earth moving equipment, omnibus, tank or other military vehicle, ship or vessel used or intended for navigation.

Defences to the charge include:

  1. Duress
  2. Self-defence, and
  3. Necessity

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