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Steal From Dwelling House

Robbery Offences – NSW

Welcome to the NSW Steal from dwelling house article page. Everything you need to know about Steal from dwelling house according to NSW law – Dated: 01/09/2009

What the Law States according to NSW Law for Steal from dwelling house

According to NSW Law for the charge of Steal from dwelling house,

On the police facts sheet and the court attendance notice that you may have received you will have a reference to the law part and a short description of offence. These references help the court and the legal profession to identify the exact offence you have been charged with. The law part and short description for this offence are set out in the table below:

667 Steal property in dwelling-house
666 Steal property in dwelling-house <=$2000-T2
665 Steal property in dwelling-house >$ 2000 & <=$ 5000-T2
664 Steal property in dwelling-house >$ 5000 & <=$15000-T1
663 Steal property in dwelling-house >$15000-T1

The Maximum Penalty – Steal from dwelling house

According to NSW Law for the charge of Steal from dwelling house:

The maximum penalty for the charge of steal from dwelling house (Section 148 of the Crimes Act) is 7 years imprisonment.

In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for a steal from dwelling house charge.

  • Section 10: steal from dwelling house proven but dismissed
  • Fine
  • Good behaviour bond
  • Community service order (CSO)
  • Suspended sentence
  • Intensive correction order (previously periodic detention)
  • Home detention
  • Prison sentence

You’ll find a brief description of each of these penalties at the bottom of this page.

Likely Penalty

Local Court

Based on our experience and statistics from the Judicial Commission of New South Wales we believe that the penalty in a case that is within the mid range of seriousness for the offence of steal from dwelling house, if heard in the Local Court, is likely to be a suspended sentence with supervision under section 12 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act.

For first time offenders the likely penalty is a good behaviour bond under section 9 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act for a period of 2 years.

District Court

If the matter is finalised in the District Court the likely penalty is imprisonment for a period of 2 years.

For first time offenders the likely penalty is a suspended sentence under section 12 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act.

What the Police must prove according to NSW Law for Steal from dwelling house

To convict you of a steal from dwelling house charge, the police must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. You were in a dwelling house.
  2. Whilst in the dwelling house, you stole property.
    1. They will also need to prove that you were the person who committed the steal from dwelling house offence.

      Possible Defences under NSW Law – Steal from dwelling house

      Possible defences to a steal from dwelling house charge include but are not limited to:

      • Duress
      • Necessity
      • Self Defence

      In NSW which court will hear the matter – Steal from dwelling house

      Where the value of the property exceeds $5000, this matter is a Table 1 offence which means that either the DPP or an accused can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.Where the value of the property does not exceed $5000, this matter is a Table 2 offence which means that the DPP can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.

      Section 10 for a Steal from dwelling house charge: avoiding a criminal record. Normally, when you plead guilty to a criminal offence, the court imposes a penalty and records a conviction. If the court records a conviction, you will have a criminal record. However, if we can convince the court not to convict you, there will be no penalty of any type and no criminal record. In all criminal cases, the court has the discretion not to convict you, but to give you a Section 10 dismissal instead.

      Fines for a Steal from dwelling house charge: When deciding the amount of a fine for a possession of data with intent charge the magistrate or judge should consider your financial situation and your ability to pay any fine they set.

      Good behaviour bond for a Steal from dwelling house charge: This is an order of the court that requires you to be of good behaviour for a specified period of time. The court will impose conditions that you will have to obey during the term of the good behaviour bond. The maximum duration of a good behaviour bond is five years.

      Community service order for a Steal from dwelling house charge (CSO): This involves either unpaid work in the community at a place specified by probation and parole or attendance at a centre to undertake a course, such as anger management. In order to be eligible for a CSO you have to be assessed by an officer of the probation service as suitable to undertake the order.

      Suspended sentence for a Steal from dwelling house charge: This is a jail sentence that is suspended upon you entering into a good behaviour bond. Provided the terms of the good behaviour bond are obeyed the jail sentence will not come into effect. A suspended sentence is only available for sentences of imprisonment of up to two years.

      Periodic detention for a Steal from dwelling house charge (commonly known as weekend detention): This form of imprisonment ceased to be a sentencing option in October 2010.

      Intensive correction order for a Steal from dwelling house charge (ICO): This option has replaced periodic detention. The court can order you to comply with a number of conditions, such as attending counselling or treatment, not consuming alcohol, complying with a curfew and performing community service.

      Jail for a Steal from dwelling house charge: This is the most serious penalty for the charge of Steal from dwelling house and involves full time detention in a correctional facility.

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