This Sentencing Snapshot describes sentencing outcomes for the offence of handling stolen goods and details the age and gender of people sentenced for this offence in the County Court of Victoria between 2007–08 and 2011–12. Except where noted otherwise, the data represent sentences imposed at first instance rather than sentences imposed following appeal.
A person is guilty of handling stolen goods if he or she dishonestly receives or deals with goods, and knows or believes them to be stolen.
Handling stolen goods is an indictable offence that carries a maximum penalty of 15 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of 1800 penalty units. Indictable offences are more serious offences triable before a judge and jury in the County or Supreme Court. Handling stolen goods can also be tried summarily by the Magistrates’ Court if the property involved meets certain criteria, the Magistrates’ Court considers it appropriate and the defendant consents.
Handling stolen goods was the principal offence in 0.4% of cases sentenced in the higher courts between 2007–08 and 2011–12.