I’ve been charged with obtaining item via deception for the amount of $400. Victoria I’ve never been charged or convict

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I was just seeing what the repercussions if I were to be convicted of this offence. I’m quite worried as I’m trying to go for my citizenship and I hope this doesn’t affect my chances of gaining citizenship.
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Hi, I’m John, solicitor, and reviewing your post, and may need to ask a few questions a long the way to assist you.

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do you want to challenge the charge or plead guilty ?

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I’m not sure what should do.
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What happens if I plead guilty and lose?
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What happens if I just outright plead guilty?
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you will get a criminal charge

There are various defences that you can raised to assist in minimising the penalty that will apply.

Some of these defence include sudden emergency, duress, compulsion, coercion, provocation.

One of the main supporting factors in running your case is to obtain affidavits in support of your position. These affidavits are character references to your person. The affidavit should detail the person who signs it, knows of the offence that has been raised against you, and that you still hold a character. Your should obtain a minimum of three character references in support.

In addition usually when an event happens, there is always a reason for it to occur, and especially when you are on the defensive side you can reduce the penalty level by providing some information as to what is happening in your life. One of the appropriate ways to achieve this is through a psychologist report which is court ready. In order to obtain this report, what you will need to do, is have at lease a minimum of 3 visits with a psychologist who can then prepare the report in support of your current state of mind and what such incident did occur.

Stresses in people’s lives can have an enormous impact on what happens to a person.

A well rounded defence will cover various aspects of the incident and why that incident occur.

You have a legal right to protect your interests in this situation.

Does this help with your question today?

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I’m not sure what I should do.*
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I kindly request that you please scroll up. I have posted a reply for you that explains your options, if you cannot see the response, it may take a minute or two to show. I am here to assist you when you need.

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Thanks, ***** ***** your reply now
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please let me know if I answered your question today

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Thanks for that response.The thing I’m just most worried about is getting a criminal record for a crime I didn’t intentionally commit. I’m going for my citizenship soon and I feel this might have a impact on that...
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use the defences I raised above and that will assist in not getting a criminal record

​Thank you for reaching out today.

You have a legal right to protect your interests in this important situation.

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I hope I have assisted with answering your important question today, and thank you for supporting the community.

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