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Defending Theft Charges | RRM Law

Even a minor theft charge can lead to a lifelong criminal record.

Theft Under $5000 & Shoplifting

As defense attorneys, we are aware that many theft charges under $5,000 are the result of straightforward miscommunications or transient errors in judgment. People forgetting to pay for an item is a typical occurrence, and we accept that errors can happen. But it's important to realize that charges for theft under $5000 might have major long-term repercussions, such as:

  • Getting a criminal record—which can require fingerprinting.
  • Having limitations on travel.
  • Losing their job or having trouble finding work.
  • Having citizenship or immigration applications denied.

These days, a lot of volunteer organizations and employers have criminal record checks as part of the application process. The court may provide diversion programs in lieu of criminal prosecution for petty theft counts under $5000, enabling offenders to avoid getting a criminal record.

First-time offenders may be eligible for the dismissal of their theft charges under these diversion programs after fulfilling a predetermined activity. This could entail giving something of value, paying a little fine, or carrying out community duty. The Crown Attorney will drop the theft charges after the assignment is completed.

Our team of skilled trial advocates is prepared to offer strong legal counsel and direction during the legal process in matters that go to trial. Our years of experience provide us with the necessary skills to protect your rights and work toward your case's most favorable conclusion.

We Appear in Court for You

Our criminal attorneys defend you in court when you are accused of Theft Under $5000. We respect your choice not to attend court proceedings, even though you are free to do so. Our staff will represent you at all court appearances in such circumstances. We handle every facet of the court proceedings on your behalf when you entrust us with your theft case under $5000.

We can help you seek to have your fingerprints and record erased from police databases in the event that the case is eventually dropped, allowing you to go on without the burden of a criminal record.

Penalty for Theft Under $5000 & Shoplifting

There are serious repercussions that might arise from being accused of stealing or shoplifting, such as:

  • Penalties and maybe jail time.

  • Loss of employment opportunities.

  • The lifetime acquisition of a criminal record.

  • Possible concerns concerning citizenship and immigration.

  • Probation orders and related terms being imposed.

  • Limitations on travel, including being unable to enter the United States of America.

  • Refusal of volunteer roles and checks for vulnerable sectors.

Your fingerprints and photos will be taken by the police if you are accused of a crime like theft. Regardless matter whether you are found guilty in the end, this information will be sent to the RCMP to be included in the Canadian Police Information System (CPIC). As a result, a number of organizations, such as border agencies, police departments, and security services, can examine your arrest record.

Police Records for Theft under $5000

Your information is shared with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) by the police once you are arrested for theft and a report is made. The RCMP then enters your information into the Canadian Police Information System (CPIC), even if you are found guilty.

Your arrest history is made available to:

  • Each of the police department

  • Protection offerings

  • Border organizations

Until a request is made to have it destroyed, this record is kept forever. It might make things more difficult when it comes to work, immigration, and travel.

RRM Law represent you in court on your behalf. We coordinate with the police to guarantee that your record is entirely erased in the event that the charges are withdrawn, dismissed, or dropped.

Call us today at (249)979-2383 to safeguard your record.

Definition Of Theft Under

Theft is defined under Section 322 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which states that anyone who steals is guilty of the following:

Either he is guilty of an offense punishable by an indictment and faces a maximum two-year jail sentence, or he is guilty of an offense punishable by a summary conviction if the value of the stolen item is less than $5,000. No matter how much was taken, a conviction would result in a lifelong criminal record. Theft is defined in this section as the unlawful taking or converting of anything, living or dead, with the purpose of:

Deprive the thing's owner or anyone with a special property or interest in it of it, either temporarily or permanently; pledge or deposit it as security; part with it subject to a condition that the person parting with it may not be able to fulfill; or handle it in a way that prevents it from being returned to its original state.

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