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Burglary

Fraud / Dishonesty / Theft Offences – VIC

Welcome to the VIC Burglary article page. Everything you need to know about Burglary according to VIC law.

What the Law States according to VIC Law for Burglary

According to VIC Law for the charge of Burglary:

Crimes Act 1958 – SECT 76
Burglary

76. Burglary

(1) A person is guilty of burglary if he enters any building or part of a building as a trespasser with intent-

(a) to steal anything in the building or part in question; or

(b) to commit an offence-

(i) involving an assault to a person in the building or part in question; or

(ii) involving any damage to the building or to property in the building or part in question-

which is punishable with imprisonment for a term of five years or more.

(2) References in subsection (1) to a building shall apply also to an inhabited vehicle or vessel, and shall apply to any such vehicle or vessel at times when the person having a habitation in it is not there as well as at times when he is.

(3) A person guilty of burglary is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to level 5 imprisonment (10 years maximum).

The Maximum Penalty – Burglary

According to VIC Law for the charge of Burglary:

The maximum penalty for the offence of burglary is 10 years.

What the Police must prove according to VIC Law for Burglary

(a) The accused entered a building or part of a building.
(b) At that time the accused entered as a trespasser.
(c) The accused had the intention of stealing something or committing an offence which involved either an assault on a person or damage to the building or property in it.

Possible Defences under VIC Law – Burglary

(a) Duress
(b) Factual dispute
(c) Honest and reasonable mistake of belief
(d) Identification dispute
(e) Lack of intent
(f) Legal right to enter

In VIC which court will hear the matter – Burglary

Magistrates’ Court

Street Namesfor Burglary

Break and enter

 

Date: 09/01/2009

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