Fraud, Dishonesty & Theft Offences
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If you’re facing fraud, dishonesty or theft charges, it is crucial to engage our experienced team so that you can obtain the right advice and maximise your chances of a defence or reduced sentence.
Arrests & Charges
If you’ve been arrested or called for questioning, it is important to remember your presumption of innocence. This is the essence of how the Australian criminal justice system works, and why it is vital that you never speak to a police officer without first talking to a lawyer.
Your obligation is always to first tell the officer of your legal name, your date of birth and your address. In some cases, you may also need to provide identification material such as your fingerprints if you have been served with a certain notice. However, you are not obligated to answer any other question and nor should you do so. That is, you should always exercise your right to silence.
Be cautious of any representation by a police officer of an ‘off the record’ conversation. These simply do not exist and anything you say or do will be used against you at some stage and even limit or prevent strong defences later on.
It is always crucial to immediately seek legal advice as anything you say will be held against you later, and is likely to have a significant impact on the outcome of your matter.
There are many different factors and penalties a court can impose in relation to being charged with fraud, dishonesty or theft. These factors range from the scale of the offence, the personal circumstances and antecedents of the offender, whether an early plea of guilty is entered into and many other things.
How Can We Help?
There are many different types of fraud, dishonesty & theft offences we can help with. This list is not exhaustive and is a basic guide to help you.
Break & Entering
Section 418 of the Criminal Code Queensland makes it offence if:
A person who breaks any part, whether external or internal, of a dwelling or any premises, or opens, by unlocking, pulling, pushing, lifting, or any other means whatever, any door, window, shutter, cellar, flap, or other thing, intended to close or cover an opening in a dwelling or any premises, or an opening giving passage from one part of a dwelling or any premises to another, is said to break the dwelling or premises.
A person is said to enter a dwelling or premises as soon as any part of the person’s body or any part of any instrument used by the person is within the dwelling or premises.
A person who obtains entrance into a dwelling or premises by means of any threat or artifice used for that purpose, or by collusion with any person in the dwelling or premises, or who enters any chimney or other aperture of the dwelling or premises permanently left open for any necessary purpose, but not intended to be ordinarily used as a means of entrance, is deemed to have broken and entered the dwelling or premises.
Premises includes any building or structure and part of a building or structure other than a dwelling, a tent, caravan, vehicle and any similar place.
To prove this offence, the police must show the court beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused has entered or is otherwise in the dwelling of another with the intent to commit an indictable offence in that dwelling.
There are many defences available to this offence, including duress, necessity, intoxication, identification issues (not the accused person), honest claim of right to be in the dwelling, the seal of the property was not broken, the persons did not enter the property and consent.
The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment, depending on a number of factors and circumstances. This is why it is crucial to engage with one of our experienced lawyers.
How RHC Solicitors Help
We have experienced fraud, dishonesty and theft lawyers across Queensland. We deal with the police and attend the Magistrates Court and District Court every day and have handled thousands of fraud, dishonesty and theft offence matters.