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Common crimes

Some common minor offences, and the defences and penalties that apply

What this chapter covers

  • Overview
  • How criminal sentencing works
    How judges decide sentences, including making reductions for pleading guilty
  • Shoplifting
    Your rights and a store’s powers if they think you’ve been shoplifting, and the likely penalties if you’re charged
  • Tagging and graffiti
    The different kinds of criminal charges that can be brought for tagging, and likely penalties
  • Assault
    Types of assault charges and penalties and possible defences
  • Drug offences
    The different classes of illegal drugs and the likely penalties for using, possessing or dealing in different kinds of drugs
  • Pāua poaching and other fisheries offences
    Daily limits for amateur fishing, gathering kaimoana, and possible charges and penalties
  • Other resources
    Where to get more information
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