Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
Handling Stolen Goods
In Victoria, a person found guilty of handling stolen goods under section 88 of the Crimes Act 1958 is liable to 15 years imprisonment.
The Offence of Handling Stolen Goods
A person will be found guilty of the offence of Handling Stolen Goods if they dishonestly receive goods knowing or believing them to be stolen.
There are a number of ways this offence can be committed, including dishonestly bringing or assisting to bring stolen goods into Victoria.
A person may also be found guilty of this offence if they undertook, assisted with or arranged for the retention, removal or disposal of stolen goods for the benefit of another person.
In Victoria, a person found guilty of Handling Stolen Goods under section 88 of the Crimes Act 1958 is liable to 15 years imprisonment.
What Actons Might Constitute “Handling Stolen Goods”?
Examples of Handling Stolen Goods may include:
- Purchasing a road bike from a person who you knew or believed to be stolen and selling it.
- Purchasing computers or software from a person who you believed to have stolen the computers and giving them to another person.
- Buying a computer from someone in the pub when the price was so low as to cause you to believe is was stolen.
What the Police Must Prove
To find you guilty of Handling Stolen Goods, the prosecution must first be able to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that you did one of the following:
- Received the goods or brought the goods into Victoria; or
- Undertook or assisted in the bringing of goods into Victoria; or
- Undertook or assisted in the retention, removal, disposal or realisation of goods by or for the benefit of another person; or
- Arranged for the bringing of the goods into Victoria or arranged for the retention, removal, disposal or realisation of goods by or for the benefit of another person.
The police must also prove beyond a reasonable doubt:
- That at the time of handling the goods they were stolen;
- That at the time of handling you knew or believed the goods to be stolen;
- The handling was dishonest; and
- The handling took place otherwise than in the course of the relevant stealing.
Therefore, the police must prove that you had actual knowledge or a belief that the goods were stolen at the time they were handled. It is not enough for the police to show you suspected the goods were stolen.
Alternate Charges for Handling Stolen Goods
Where police cannot prove you had knowledge the goods were stolen, a lesser charge of Dealing with Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime may be laid against you. The maximum penalty under section 195 of the Crimes Act1958 for this offence is 2 years imprisonment.
Under section 88A of the Crimes Act 1958, if you have been charged with Theft and Handling Stolen Goods, both charges will be joined in the same indictment as alternative charges and tried together. This means that if you are found guilty of both offences, the Court must set aside the charge of Handling Stolen Goods and find you guilty of Theft and you will be sentenced accordingly.
A person charged with handling stolen goods can argue in their defence that they were not aware the goods were stolen and had no belief that the goods were stolen.
Which Court Will Hear Your Matter?
If the stolen goods alleged to have been handled includes a motor vehicle or the amount or value of the stolen goods alleged to have been handled is below $100,000, your case may be heard summarily in the Magistrates Court, provided the consent of the accused and the prosecution is obtained.
However, if you have been charged with Handling Stolen Goods and the value or amount of the goods alleged to have handled exceeds $100,000, your matter will be heard in the County or Supreme Court of Victoria.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
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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