Dishonesty Offences

Dishonesty offending is serious, whatever level it is at.  Dishonesty offences can range from a simple theft, though to theft in a special relationship and large scale fraud operations.  Most professions and most money handling jobs will require you to disclose dishonesty offending in particular.

There are numerous defences to dishonesty charges, but it is important to seek advice early and before you speak to Police.  We have knowledge and experience in minor theft matters right through to large-scale fraud trials, whether you are looking to settle the matter or take it right through to trial.  Our advice is pragmatic and focused on ensuring you receive the best outcome.


We offer specialist representation in all charges of dishonesty including:

  • Benefit Fraud
  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • Unlawfully taking a Motor Vehicle
  • Shoplifting


March 2017

Client was charged with burglary and aggravated robbery.  Despite receiving the file just before a jury trial, John was able to identify significant issues in the disclosure.  John successfully ran a dismissal application at the end of the Crown case, the Judge dismissed the charges (which amounts to an acquittal).

November 2016

Client was charged with theft by a person in a special relationship.  John took the matter to trial and successfully argued at the close of the prosecution that the legal test for a special relationship was not meet in this case.  The charges were dismissed.

February 2016

Client was charged with receiving property (over $1000).  John successfully defended this at a Judge-alone trial and obtained a not guitly verdict for the client.

My brother found himself in some serious trouble with the law and we having never experienced anything like this before were at a loss as to where to start and what to do to minimise the impact / sentence that my brother would ultimately have to serve.

John and his team right from the beginning gave us confidence and an understanding as to what would be the likely outcome and the best way to ensure the better of the scenarios.

Again thank you John for making such an unpleasant experience as painless as possible.