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This site will give you all law and tips you need to know about crime of receiving stolen goods

The crime of receiving is treated pretty seriously by our Courts.

However,  the maximum penalty depends on the dollar value of the goods received.

If the goods are valued at under $500,  then the maximum penalty is only up to three months imprisonment.

If the goods are valued between $500 and $1000 then the maximum penalty is up to 12 months imprisonment.

If the goods are valued at over $1000 then the maximum penalty jumps up to seven years imprisonment.

We set out the relevant sections of the Crimes Act 1961 below and then provide you with some useful commentary.

We provide you with a direct link to the Crimes Act 1961 . . . .

The first section to read is Section 246   The most important fact to realise about the crime of receiving is that your guilty knowledge,  or the knowledge that the goods are stolen, must be present at the time you received the goods or came into possession of them.  

So if you subsequently found out that the goods were stolen then you have not committed the crime of receiving unless,  and we stress the word unless,  you do something with the goods yourself like use them or hide them.  If you do this after you become aware that the goods are "hot" or stolen then the law says that you have "exercised a dominion or control"  over those goods and you would be guilty,  at that stage, of receiving.

So take great care.

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