Many cases seen by defence solicitors involve shoplifting, theft, fraud and burglary. Shoplifting includes taking an item from a shop without paying for it as well as consuming a food or drink without payment. Shoplifters may also remove or swap price tags to buy an item at a reduced price or leave a hotel or restaurant without remitting payment.
The Basic Legal Definition of Stealing
If you are accused of stealing, it means that you have been charged with taking something of value, such as jewellery, a car, or an animal. Stealing involves taking the item without consent and with no intention of giving it back to the property owner. If stealing includes aggravation or is carried out with a weapon or by physical harm, the penalty is more severe.
The Definition of Fraud
Fraud is another type of stealing, however, this form of theft involves taking goods, money, property, or services by lying. Therefore, fraud is defined, categorically, as dishonestly engaging in the following activities:
- Obtaining property that belongs to somebody else
- Using someone else’s property as your own
- Invoking a hardship on an organisation or another individual
- Gaining an advantage for any person
- Inducing another individual to transport property to someone else
For example, an instance of fraud may include claiming benefits from a company that are not supposed to go to you.
Have You Been Charged with Fraud?
In the workplace, fraud often leads to the loss of property or revenue whilst increasing charges and operational expenses. In some instances, the obligations to customers, employees, contractors, or suppliers cannot be met. As a result, fraud can damage the credibility of a company or result in public criticism.
Because of advancements in technology, fraud has become more specialised. Also, prosecutors take a dim view of people charged with fraud as identify theft has been featured in a very negative light in the media.
If you have been charged with fraud, you need to speak confidentially to a defence solicitor in Perth and fully explain the reasons for the alleged transgression.
Another type of stealing is burglary. Burglary, as defined by lawmakers, is illegally entering a home with the intent to steal something. In Australia, the offence carries a steeper penalty when it is done with an accomplice, it is done at night, or aggravation is involved. Aggravation normally includes the addition of a firearm.
Most burglars find it easier to burgle a home that is not locked or which permits easier access. For example, any cash or valuables that are in sight make a home an easier target. Residents who leave their keys in “hiding” spots, such as under a doormat, are often victimised as well. When messages are left on doors too, it indicates that no one is currently at home. A ladder left outside a home also makes access much easier.
Naturally, both defence attorneys and prosecutors are familiar with the above kinds of theft. Regardless of whether a crime is being prosecuted or defended, the perpetrator is entitled to a fair trial. If you have been charged with any type of stealing or fraud, you need to review your case with an experienced criminal defence team. Review your rights and know your rights for an equitable and fair defence.