Theft Offence Lawyer in Milton

A person commits the offence of Theft when the person takes, or converts anything that belongs to another person, fraudulently and ‘without the colour of right’, with intent to deprive that person of the use or enjoyment of their property. Deprivation can be temporary or permanent. ‘Anything’ can include tangible or intangible property, inanimate or animate property. The ‘colour of right’ is defined as, good faith/honest belief in a possessory right to a thing. The offence is split in two: (1) Theft over $,5000; and, (2) Theft Under $5,000.

Minor theft and shoplifting offences are some of the more common charges that come before the courts. Although these offences are considered minor, being found guilty can still have a serious impact on one’s life. Being found guilty of the offence could result in a criminal record, could cause significant difficulties when finding and maintaining employment, and may result in restrictions to travel outside of Canada. Many theft cases we see involve people who are charged for the first time, and often acted impulsively or with poor judgement.

Criminal Code of Canada: Theft

in the Criminal Code of Canada sets out the offence of Theft as:

  1. “Everyone commits theft who fraudulently and without colour of right takes, or fraudulently and without the colour of right converts to his use or to the use of another person, anything whether animate or inanimate, with intent
    • To deprive, temporarily or absolutely, the owner of it, or a person who has a special property or interest in it, of the thing or of his property or interest in it;
    • To pledge it or deposit it as security
    • To part with it under a condition with respect to its return that the person who parts with it may be unable to perform; or
    • To deal with it in such a manner that it cannot be restored in the condition in which it was at the time it was taken or converted
  2. 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 moveable
  3. A taking or conversion of anything may be fraudulent notwithstanding that it is effected without secrecy or attempt at concealment

Why Retain Passi & Patel for Your Theft Charge?

If you, a friend or a loved one, are charged with Theft, this charge must be taken seriously. We, at Passi & Patel, understand the very significant consequences and long-term repercussions that may follow a conviction for theft related offences.

Theft is considered a ‘crime of dishonesty’. When theft takes place in the context of a relationship of trust, it is considered to be a highly aggravating factor. Employer/employee relationships are considered to be relationships of trust. We, at Passi & Patel, have the experience, and knowledge to provide effective and thorough representation for those charged with offences of this nature. As experienced and skilled Milton theft lawyers, we will take all the necessary steps to obtain the best possible result.

Contact Passi & Patel Criminal Lawyers today to get the process started with a no-obligation consultation.

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