26 Comments Criminal law, traffic matters, DUI, assault, theft, fraud
Don't make any statements to anyone!
The likely hood of you going to gaol is very minimal given the fact you are a first time offender. A bond, suspended sentence, probation, community order, etc are all on the cards.
So keep your cool, shut your trap and play the wait and see game. You could just be a winner!
I feel that it's a good thing that your employer is investigating the matter internally without involving the Police. At this stage, I think it would be a really good idea to shut up. The last thing you want is for the Police to find out, because they won't be as merciful as your employer will be.
I think you should delete (or get it deleted if you can) this post and not tell anyone, no lawyers, no friends, no-one. Certainly don't tell the Internet community. Save that for if and when the Police are involved. :)
listen to the above poster.. i have been charged with the same thing but a more serious amount. its my first time offending and my biggest regret (apart from committing the crime in the first place) was cooperation and making a statement and putting trust into the police. It has caused me a lot of problems and has made me in a far worse position now. My case is still going and it was from 2 May 2009. It has not gone anywhere since then, just keeps getting adjourned and my bills are assumed to be increasing everytime its getting delayed.
I am in Qld and are currently awaiting yet another mention, but this one for comittal. I too stole from my employer - approx 16500. I have disputed this amount, as I was sure it was less. Hence the adjournments. I was charged in late May 2009. Once I have a meeting with my lawyer we will plan to speak with the prosecution, offer restitution and hopefully avoid a jail sentence. My circumstances are extenuating, with a suicide attempt, the loss of a baby relative, and many other problems resulting in being diagnosed with PTSD. However I must say this is no excuse, but its amazing what financial strife will do to someone, and not sharing that with others.
I just want to get this over with, my next mention or final will be late October. I have another conviction for a far lesser amount and took money when we didn't need it. I got 2 yrs probation as I was and still are caring for my husband who has spent many years in a wheelchair.
But at the end of the day - we committed the crime. I hope things go well for you, and I will keep you posted
Well i am still here.
I was extremely lucky, it was borderline, the prosecution wanted jail time but my lawyer talked the judge out of it. 18 month suspended sentence.
Words can not describe how relieved i am! I am one lucky man.
Does anyone know if having this on my record will affect travelling overseas?
As mentioned before there are two issues;
1. Can you get a passport? - I'd say yes for your offense.
2. Can you get a visa? That depends very much on the country. Remember though that the countries you wish to visit are not likely to know your criminal history unless you reveal it. I wouldn't for example bother telling Indonesia about it, if traveling to Bali for two weeks. However where it WILL hurt is if you ever need a business or working visa and you have to provide a criminal clearance from Australia. The USA is it's own special case with a very vague wording about "offenses of moral turpitude". My view is that if visiting Disneyland - you'll be OK except you risk a last minute turn around at the immigration in LAX or wherever you are entering.