Shoplifting, theft, and stealing are all serious charges that can result not only in a criminal record upon conviction, but also in fines, probation, or even jail.
Definition of Theft
Theft is defined under the Criminal Code of Canada as the taking of property without the lawful authority to do so. Broadly speaking, in Canada, there are two types of theft: theft under $5,000, and theft over $5,000. There are no offences in Canada such as grand theft or petty theft.
In Canada, there are no separate offences for shoplifting or retail theft. All allegations of shoplifting, no matter how minor, may result in criminal charges for theft.
In order to be convicted of theft, the Crown must prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. They must therefore show that the property was taken or stolen without permission and without the lawful authority to do so. In individual cases, there may be explanations or defences available to individuals charged with this crime.
Possession of Stolen Property
Possession of stolen property is another offence that individuals are sometimes charged with. Individuals may be charged with possession of stolen property.
If you have been charged with shoplifting or theft, it is important to maintain your right to silence and to speak to a lawyer immediately. Even if you have not yet been charged but are being questioned by police or are worried about an investigation, it is important to speak to an experienced criminal lawyer. The lawyers at Bottos Law Group are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you may have at 780-421-7001. We will fight for you, and we get results.