Some of the more common and minor criminal offence charges that become before the courts are shoplifting and other theft-related offences. Although these offences are considered minor, being found guilty can still have a serious impact on your life since the offence is recorded on your permanent record. Those with one or more theft offences on their criminal record can have difficulties finding and maintaining employment and traveling outside of Canada.
In many circumstances, people charged for the first time often exercised poor judgement, were suffering from an illness which resulted in them committing the theft offence, or acted impulsively. Our Mississauga criminal defence lawyers, here at Passi & Patel, are readily available to assist you, a loved one, or a friend, through this often difficult and stressful time and help to put your mind at ease. For first time theft charges, there are several potential defences and options to ensure your reputation and criminal record are protected. Our criminal lawyers are prepared to go above and beyond using a strong, strategic defence.