Mother avoids a criminal conviction after pleading guilty to shoplifting

 

Our 30-year-old client was charged and pleaded guilty to shoplifting after she attempted to take various clothing items from Myer, Parramatta.

She is a mother of two young children who were with her at the time.

After taking the tags off various items of clothing, she placed them in a compartment in her children’s pram. When she attempted to leave Myer, she was immediately stopped by security who then contacted police.

Our client was in an extremely distressed state when police arrived.

She made admissions to police and was compliant at all times. She was then charged with Larceny pursuant to section 117 of the Crimes Act 1900.

The day after committing the offence she attended our Parramatta Office for a free initial consultation with our team of lawyers. Our criminal defence lawyer Tayla Regan provided her with practical and realistic advice.

Our client had never been in trouble with the police before. Tayla instilled the confidence she was needing at such a difficult time in her life.

Tayla provided her with a list of materials to gather, specific to maximising her chances at getting the best possible outcome in court- to avoid a criminal record even after pleading guilty to larceny.

Representing our client at the Parramatta Local Court was our Tayla Regan who formally entered the plea of guilty to larceny and proceeded to sentence when she gave the Magistrate compassionate submissions in an attempt to convince the court to not impose a criminal conviction against our client.

The Magistrate, after listening to our Tayla Regan’s submissions, together with reading all the well prepared documents we assisted out client in preparing, was eventually convinced to not impose a criminal record against our client.

Accordingly, our client obtained an exceptional result of getting a Conditional Release Order without a criminal record against her name with a 6-months good behaviour bond period.

Our client was able to move forward in her life without the burdens of a criminal conviction.

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