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Taking a Conveyance Without Consent

Taking a Conveyance Without Consent is an offence under section 154A(1)(a) 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 took and drove a conveyance or took a conveyance with the purpose of driving or secreting it, or to obtain a reward for its restoration or pretended restoration, or for any other fraudulent purpose, and
  2. You did not have the owner’s consent to do so or the consent of another person in its lawful possession

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
  3. Duress

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