Theft under $5,000 is often the result of shoplifting from a department store. Often, these stores will send you a demand letter – demanding payment of $500.00 to offset the costs of shoplifting. Do NOT pay. This demand is not a lawful demand. Depending on the history of the individual accused person, it is often possible to resolve this type of charge without having to go through trial – often times, these charges can be diverted or resolved by way of a discharge – resulting in no criminal conviction.

Fraud under $5,000 is often the result of passing a bad check or other similar event, this charge can often be the result of desperate actions by an accused person struggling with financial or other stressors. Depending on the history of the individual accused person, it is often possible to resolve this type of charge without having to go through trial – often times, these charges can be diverted or resolved by way of a discharge – resulting in no criminal conviction.

Theft and Fraud over $5,000 is a serious charge that often results in a custodial sentence. As a result, it is crucial that you receive timely and effective advice to assist you.

Many weapons offences have very significant minimum jail sentences attached to them. It is crucial that you hire an experienced lawyer to assist you in defending such charges. Often times there are technical defences available to you that you are unaware of. Call me, I have the experience to help you.

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FAQ: Theft / Fraud

Theft or fraud may be prosecuted in one of two ways: by summary conviction or by indictment.

Theft and Fraud charges are either classified as Theft/Fraud Under $5000 or Theft/Fraud Over $5000, depending on the value of the thing alleged to have been stolen. These offences are called “property offences”. Theft charges often involve retail theft (including shoplifting and price-switching); breach of trust involving theft from employers; and, larger thefts involving vehicles. These charges may sometimes be laid along with fraud charges. Depending on the circumstances of your case, your charge may be difficult for the Crown prosecutor to prove. Often a defence may be available where your Charter rights may have been violated during your arrest.

A criminal record for this type of offence may have severe impact on your work; your immigration status; your reputation; your family; your personal freedom, and, your ability to secure employment in the future. We can help protect your rights.
Under the Criminal Code of Canada, Section cc. 334(b)., every one who is found guilty of Fraud Under $5000 is guilty of an indictable offense that is punishable by a term of imprisonment up to two years, or in less serious cases, by an offence punishable on summary conviction.
Under the Criminal Code of Canada, Section cc. 334.(a), every one who is found guilty of Theft Over $5000 is guilty of an indictable offense that is punishable by a term of imprisonment up to ten years.
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