Defending Theft Charges
The Criminal Code of Canada defines theft as a non-violent property offence in which an item is stolen. It includes multiple illegal acts, such as shoplifting or taking the personal property of someone without their consent. The consequences of such an offence will depend on the value of the item allegedly stolen. Defending theft charges carefully is crucial because even paying back or replacing/returning the items doesn’t mean that the charges will be withdrawn. If you have been charged with theft, you don’t need to plead guilty. We can find the best defence options for your case and apply a tailored approach. In the cases of shoplifting, it can be argued that the accused forgot to pay for an item in a store and it was an accident.
At Kahlon Law, we know how to convince the prosecutor to halt the prosecution or withdraw the criminal charges. Our goal is to prevent a trial and possible criminal conviction. A common defence used for theft charges is the legal right to take the allegedly stolen item. We can argue that the accused believed or was under the impression that he/she is legally entitled to take the item. Whether you’re facing theft under $5,000 charges or over $5,000, we are here to get the charges dismissed or lessened.
Why You Need Theft Charges Lawyer
Theft is a criminal offence and getting convicted for theft over $5000 means having a criminal record and potentially facing jail time. Even theft under $5000 charges can carry serious consequences. It can be difficult to secure bail without attending a bail hearing. However, the Crown needs to establish that the accused had the intent to commit the theft and was successful in the act of depriving the person of their property. To defend against this type of charge, you need an experienced lawyer to use defence strategies tailored to your case. We aim to find every major and minor weakness in the case against you to seek withdrawal of the criminal charges against you. Even if your case goes to trial, we will defend your rights and fight for an acquittal.
If the stolen item is worth less than $5000, the accused may face a maximum imprisonment of up to two years. Guilty of theft charges over $5000 could result in a maximum imprisonment of up to ten years. To avoid these serious consequences, you need the best criminal defence lawyer. Irrespective of the severity of the charges against you, we will review all the evidence against you and secure an outcome that prevents further damage to your life and reputation. We have experience in handling all types of theft cases such as shoplifting, property theft, workplace-related theft, and more. The individual rights mentioned in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms can be used as defence such as the right against unreasonable search and seizure; the right to not be arbitrarily detained; and more. Contact us to know the best defence strategy for your specific circumstances.