Property Offences

Most arrests in Auckland are in relation to allegations of dishonesty and theft.

At Liberty Law we go over our client’s file to see if there is any evidence to support an allegation brought by the police. This could include seeing if there is DNA evidence linking them to the scene and/or if there has been any positive identification by the complainant or witnesses.

Examples of the related penalty for such offences under the Crimes Act 1961 are:

  • Arson: up to fourteen years of imprisonment.
  • Burglary: up to ten years of imprisonment.
  • Intentional damage: up to ten years of imprisonment.
  • Theft (over $1000): up to 1 year of imprisonment.
  • Theft, (under $500): up to 6 months of imprisonment.
  • Unlawfully gets into a motor vehicle: up to 2 years of imprisonment.
  • Unlawfully takes motor vehicle: up to 7 years of imprisonment.

When sentencing a person convicted of burglary the courts are guided by certain cases. The sentences can range from community based sentences through to prison sentences. Matters that the court can take into account when determining the appropriate sentence are matters such as the nature of the burglary and the personal circumstances and criminal history of the offender, to name just a few.

Those charged with arson are seldom apprehended at the scene. If identified by an eye witness at the scene and/or if there is forensic DNA linking them to the scene, there may be grounds to challenge this evidence.  At Liberty Law we advise our clients if this is the appropriate avenue to take.

Read more in Part 10 of The Crimes Act 1961.