Property Offences


Offences in this category include:

  • Wilful Damage,
  • Unlawful Entry of Motor Vehicle,
  • Unlawful Entry of Dwelling,
  • Break and Enter
  • Arson, and more.


The penalties imposed vary dependant upon the seriousness of the misconduct and the impact upon the complainant. In relation to some charges in this class, there is also an option for an accused to be declared a Serious Violent Offender, which requires the person to serve 80% of the sentence imposed.


There are a number of defences that are available to many of the charges in this category. In relation to some of the offences, the prosecution must prove that the accused person intended to bring about the injuries, in other matters they only need to show that the accused was reckless. It is prudent to obtain advice in relation to relevant defences specific to the facts of your case.


In many instances, the offences at the lower end of the range are dealt with before a Magistrate, however, in relation to more serious allegations the District Court will finalise the charge.

Gatenby Criminal Lawyers:

Our experienced criminal lawyers regularly appear in courts for matters related to Property Offences. We can provide you with advice as to prospects of success at trial, defences available and likely sentencing range. Contact us today to discuss your matter without delay.