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Theft, Fraud, Stolen Property, Break and Enter, Mischief, Credit Card or Social Assistance Fraud.

Theft is the intentional taking or converting to his personal use or another person’s use, anything, whether animate or inanimate, in a way that is fraudulent. Theft includes retail theft, breaches of trust, workplace-related theft, shoplifting, price switching and gaming offences. A theft occurs as soon as the object that was stolen is moved, is caused to move or be moved, or begins to cause it to become movable. Since it is considered a property offence, it may be possible to be accused of multiple counts of alleged theft at once, especially if the behavior occurred over a period of time. Paying back an amount or replacing an item will not make a criminal charge for theft go away.

Depending on whether the item or amount allegedly stolen had a value of over or under $5000, conviction brings with it a range of penalties and sentences. For theft of an item or amount with a value less than $5000, the accused may be guilty of an indictable offense with a maximum imprisonment of up to two years, or of an offense punishable on summary conviction. For the theft of an item or amount with a value more than $5000, the accused may be guilty of an indictable offense with a maximum imprisonment of up to ten years.

If you are faced with a charge of theft, don’t limit your options by simply pleading guilty. There may be many valid defences, according to your particular case and your circumstances. At Deslauriers Christian, we have handled hundreds of property crime cases, so we know which defences can work in your favour.

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