Minor Theft

Minor theft is an alternative charge to theft. Minor theft is appropriately laid where the value of the property allegedly involved is $2000 or less.

The maximum penalty for minor theft is a fine of 50 penalty units and/or six months’ imprisonment.

The elements of minor theft, what the police must prove and the possible defences are the same as for theft.

As the maximum penalty is only six months’ imprisonment, minor theft is a “summary-only” matter and will be heard in the Magistrates Court.

A court can impose any of the following penalties:


If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.


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