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Possessing a Motor Vehicle, Vessel or Trailer With an Altered Unique Identifier

Possessing a Motor Vehicle, Vessel or Trailer With an Altered Unique Identifier is an offence under section 154i 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 dishonestly possessed a motor vehicle, vessel or trailer or a part thereof, and
  2. The property’s unique identifier had been interfered with

A ‘unique identifier’ is:

Any sequences of numbers, letters, symbols or any other identification information marked or attached to a motor vehicle or vessel, or part thereof, or stored in electronic form in a part of a motor vehicle or vessel which has the primary purpose of identifying the property, or enabling it to be distinguished from other property.

You ‘dishonestly’ had possession of a motor vehicle, vessel or trailer if:

  1. You obtained or received it dishonestly, or
  2. You intended to register, supply or use it dishonestly

Whether an act is ‘dishonest’ is determined “according to the standards of ordinary people and known by the defendant to be dishonest according to the standards of ordinary people”.

To ‘interfere with’ means to alter, deface, remove, obliterate, conceal or add.

Duress is a defence to the charge.

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