It is generally understood that theft is taking something that doesn’t belong to you without the permission of the owner of the property for your benefit or the benefit of another person. A person commits theft when, with intent to steal anything, he moves it or causes it to move or to be moved, or begins to cause it to become movable. Shoplifting usually involves a theft from a retail store rather than a private citizen. In all cases, the theft must have been intentional before a person can be found guilty.

Have you been charged with shoplifting or stealing?  Are you unsure of what will happen next?  If the answer is yes to either one of these questions you need to speak to a Toronto Theft Lawyer.  You could be facing fines, possible jail times, and a criminal record.  I have extensive experience defending shoplifting and theft charges.  If you are a first offender and the quantum of the alleged theft is minimal, you can probably represent yourself in court and obtain what is called, “Diversion”.  Diversion is an alternative to standard criminal procedure and results in the charge(s) being withdrawn against the accused following the successful completion of several prerequisites (apology letter, restitution, theft counseling).  Give us a call if you or a loved one have been charged with theft, we’re here to help.

How To Defend Shoplifting and Theft Under 5000 Charges?

Theft Under $5,000 is one of the most commonly laid charges under the Criminal Code of Canada.  The charge is frequently laid in the retail shoplifting context.  Theft charges are also commonly laid in domestic disputes as well as employer-employee situations.  Our firm has successfully defended hundreds of criminal cases and we have a proven track record of getting theft charges withdrawn.

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