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.