Burglary, Robbery &
Theft Lawyers Melbourne

Our expert criminal law solicitors advise and represent clients in relation to all Theft, Burglary and Robbery offences that exist in Victoria

  • If you have been charged with a Burglary, Robbery or Theft offence, you may need immediate legal advice and support
  • Our expertise includes defending charges of all levels of seriousness, including those prosecuted in both the Magistrates’ and County Court
  • JDA Law’s criminal law solicitors will guide and represent you at every stage of the process

Need immediate assistance in relation to a Theft charge?

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The Process

This is the process you might encounter when a Burglary, Robbery or Theft related charge arises:
  • Police may interview an accused before or after laying charges in relation to an alleged Theft, Burglary or Robbery. Information provided to police at the interview stage can be important
  • If a Theft, Burglary or Robbery charge proceeds, prosecutors must prove the elements of the offence beyond reasonable doubt. Failing to prove these elements means a defendant will be found not guilty
  • Grounds for a defendant to dispute the existence of these elements can be important. Defences to Burglary, Robbery or Theft charges can also impact the outcome of a case
  • If a guilty verdict is imposed, the court must decide on a penalty. Penalties for Burglary, Robbery or Theft offences can vary from diversion, which avoids having a criminal record, to fines, community correction orders, suspended sentences and imprisonment

Expert advice and representation about these matters is important when a Burglary, Robbery or Theft related charge is laid.

Types of Burglary, Robbery or Theft

Following is a brief outline of the elements of Theft, Burglary and Robbery and a list of similar offences.

Burglary

A defendant to a charge of Burglary must be proved beyond reasonable doubt to have:

  • Entered a building (this includes an inhabited vehicle or vessel)
  • Trespassed with the intent to:
    • Steal
    • Commit an offence involving an assault on a person in the building
    • Commit an offence involving damage to the building or property in the building
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Robbery

A defendant to a charge of Robbery must be proved beyond reasonable doubt to have:

  • Stolen
  • Immediately before or when stealing, used force on any person, or put or sought to put any person in fear that they or another person would then and there be subjected to force

A defendant will not be found guilty of Robbery if any of these elements are not proved beyond reasonable doubt, including if there is reasonable doubt as to whether the defendant:

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Theft

A defendant to a charge of Theft must be proved beyond reasonable doubt to have:

  • Appropriated the property of another person, that is taken, or done something only an owner of the property is entitled to do
  • Intended to permanently deprive that person of the property
  • Acted dishonestly when this occurred

A defendant will not be found guilty of Theft if any of these elements are not proved beyond reasonable doubt.

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Other Specific Burglary, Robbery, and Theft Related Offences Include:

  • Armed Robbery
  • Aggravated Burglary
  • Criminal Damage
  • Handling Stolen Goods

Need a Criminal Lawyer in Melbourne for a Theft, Burglary or Robbery Offence?

You can contact us 24/7 on (03) 9781 4900 for immediate advice or support in relation to Burglary, Robbery or Theft charges.

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Key contacts

Speak to our criminal law specialists
Adrienna Kisvarda
Adrienna Kisvarda
Criminal Defence Lawyer Frankston
(03) 9781 4900 - adriennak@jdalaw.com.au
Kymberley Skillen
Kymberley Skillen
Criminal Defence Lawyer Dandenong
03 8788 5600 - kyms@jdalaw.com.au
Melainie Vinton
Melainie Vinton
Criminal Defence Lawyer Dandenong
03 8788 5600 - melainiev@jdalaw.com.au
Scott Kaiser
Scott Kaiser
Criminal Defence Lawyer Frankston
Scott was admitted into the Legal Profession in September 2019
03 9781 4900 - scottk@jdalaw.com.au
Stacey Stanley
Stacey Stanley
Criminal Defence Lawyer Frankston
03 9781 4900 - staceys@jdalaw.com.au
Ben Hanley
Ben Hanley
Criminal Defence Lawyer Frankston
03 9781 4900 - benh@jdalaw.com.au
Lorna Williamson
Lorna Williamson
Criminal Defence Lawyer Frankston
03 9781 4900 - lornaw@jdalaw.com.au
Anthony Maselli
Anthony Maselli
Criminal Defence Lawyer Melbourne
03 8602 1400 - anthonym@jdalaw.com.au
James Dowsley
James Dowsley
Principal & Accredited Criminal Law Specialist
James has been involved in the Criminal Justice System as a Lawyer for over 25 years and gained his Specialist Accreditation from the Law Institute of Victoria in 2002. Being a dedicated advocate for clients human rights, James has a passion for defending his clients in the Australian Courts.
03 8602 1400 - jamesd@jdalaw.com.au
Shaana Wilk
Shaana Wilk
Criminal Defence Lawyer Moorabbin/Highett
Since completing her Articles of Clerkship in Criminal Law and Commercial Litigation at Birch Ross & Barlow Solicitors, Shaana has practiced solely within the Criminal Law jurisdiction. Joining the JDA family in 2010, Shanna began her at our Frankston office. Since 2012 Shanna has been the sole solicitor at our Moorabbin/Highett office.
03 9555 4442 - shaanaw@jdalaw.com.au
Domenic Care
Domenic Care
Accredited Criminal Law Specialist – Criminal Defence Lawyer - Melbourne
Domenic Care joined James Dowsley & Associates in 2013. He appears regularly in the Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Children’s Court of Victoria for matters including plea hearings, contested bail applications and appeal hearings.
03 8602 1400 - domenicc@jdalaw.com.au
Kieran Reynolds
Kieran Reynolds
Accredited Criminal Law Specialist – Criminal Defence Lawyer
Kieran joined the JDA family in 2015 having worked at several large Criminal Law firms since 2004. He regularly appears in both the Magistrates Court and County Court in a diverse range of matters. Kieran was admitted as an Accredited Criminal Law Speciality in 2009 and has maintained his Specialist Accreditation every year since. He is committed to ensuring that the rights of his clients are upheld in court.
03 8602 1400 - kieranr@jdalaw.com.au
Brett Barratt
Brett Barratt
Criminal Defence Lawyer - Melbourne
Brett joined the JDA family in 2013 as a law clerk. He has since then worked as a paralegal at our Dandenong office between September 2015 and March 2016. Commencing as a Lawyer at our Frankston office in March 2016. He appears regularly on behalf of clients facing a range of summary and indictable criminal matters in the Magistrates’ Court. Brett also instructs counsel and assists in the preparation and running of complex indictable criminal cases in the County Court.
03 8602 1400 - brettb@jdalaw.com.au
Jackson McLeod
Jackson McLeod
Criminal Defence Lawyer Frankston
Having previously interned at the Victorian Law Reform Commission, JobWatch Victoria and Refugee Legal and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Jackson has dedicated his career to providing access to justice to those who need it most. He regularly appears in the Magistrates’ Court and has instructed in the County Court. Jackson applies his keen attention to detail and broad knowledge of the law to all of his matters, and capably and professionally handles pleas, bail applications and case conferences at the Magistrates’’ Court.
03 9781 4900 - jacksonm@jdalaw.com.au
Bridie O’Malley
Bridie O’Malley
Criminal Defence Lawyer Dandenong
Bridie joined the JDA family in 2014 commencing as a volunteer law student, assisting in the formation of our Intervention Order section. Graduating to become a paralegal at our Dandenong office in 2016 and joining our team of lawyers in 2017.
03 8788 5600 - bridieo@jdalaw.com.au
Sally Abel
Sally Abel
Business Manager
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Lucy Mcphail
Lucy Mcphail
Office Manager
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