What is Car Stealing?

Car Stealing is a serious crime against property. If you are charged, let our responsive team of experts manage your defence. Contact Nott and Co Lawyers. We are the most responsive criminal lawyers in NSW and will get you a straight answer in 24 hours. Best possible outcomes at best fixed fee prices.

The offence of Stealing a Motor Vehicle or Vessel is contained in Section 154A of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). The most common charge is section 154F- taking and driving a motor car without the consent of the owner or the person in lawful possession.

What The Prosecution Must Prove

For the offence of Car Stealing, the following must be proved beyond reasonable doubt:

  1. You were the person who committed the offence;
  2. That you stole a motor vehicle or vessel; and
  3. With the intention to permanently deprive the owner of the motor vehicle or vessel
  4. Our Top Lawyers will work closely with you to assess whether the Prosecution case is weak or strong.

Penalties For Car Stealing

In NSW, stealing a Motor Vehicle or Vessel if heard in the Local Court carries a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment. If tried on indictment in the District Court, the maximum is 10 years imprisonment.

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Defences to the charge of Car Stealing will depend upon the circumstances, however:

  • If you were compelled to act in a certain way due to the circumstances, or the threats of another you may be able to argue “duress”;
  • If your actions were If your actions were necessary to prevent a greater harm from occurring, you may have the defence of “necessity”.
  • If you had to steal the car in an act of self defence – to protect yourself or others.


  • Where you were suffering from a mental illness at the time of the offence (mental illness)
  • Where your conduct was necessary to prevent serious injury or danger (necessity)
  • Where someone threatened or coerced you into committing fraud (duress)

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Full time imprisonment is an option open to the Courts, so the charge of Human Trafficking is a serious one. Nott and Co Lawyers will defend your rights if charged. Our experts can negotiate with police, seek to have facts amended, run a dispute facts hearing if required and provide you with a robust defence if you wish to plea not guilty.

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