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What is larceny?

Larceny is also known as stealing.

The prosecution must prove the essential elements of the offence to justify a conviction. Larceny is an offence under Section 117 of the Crimes Act 1900. If you are convicted of larceny it can result in a criminal record affecting your career and prospects of travel.

The elements of the offence are:

  1. That the property belongs to someone else;
  2. It must be taken and carried away; and
  3. Without the consent of the owner of the property.
  4. With the intention of permanently depriving the owner of it; and
  5. The property must be taken dishonestly.


The penalties for larceny are:

  • Maximum penalty of 5 years in prison when dealt with in the District court.
  • Maximum of 2 years imprisonment in the Local court.

If the court imposes a penalty that is a section 10 non conviction or conditional release order without conviction, this will result in no criminal record.

Court options

You have the options of pleading guilty or not guilty in court for a larceny charge.

It is recommended that you speak to our criminal defence lawyers before you enter a plea as this can affect the final result. It is necessary to prepare your case in advance to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.

We have experience in receiving non conviction outcomes for our clients even after pleading guilty.

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