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Theft - Engel and Associates

Theft and property crimes in Canada carry a wide range of penalties for a conviction. While there are varying degrees of theft offenses, it doesn’t take much for it to affect your life in a major way. A conviction may have a significant impact on your current job, prospects for finding another job, opportunities for secondary education, and the ability to travel internationally.

Types of Theft and Property Crimes

In Canada, criminal penalties often hinge on the amount of the theft; cases under $5000 typically involve things like shoplifting and other small events, while cases of theft over $5000 are usually the result of corporate theft and employee theft.

Robbery is more serious, involving violence or the threat of violence against the victim. This offence is taken very seriously in Canada. Even robbery cases that do not involve a firearm may result in a prison sentence for four years or more, and those involving firearms could put you behind bars for life. While not quite as serious as robbery, burglary is another indictable offense that may lead to life in prison.

Should I Represent Myself?

If you have been accused of theft in any form, it is unwise to represent yourself in court. Even if you are innocent of the charges against you, sometimes being innocent is not enough. You need a qualified, experienced theft attorney, someone who is experienced in defending theft crimes who can help you prepare a solid defense.

In some cases, defendants may be eligible for discharge of the case. This means the defendant does not spend any time in prison, and the conviction record is wiped clean. This may be done at the judge’s discretion, usually if he feels the crime was a minor one or if there was no harm to the victim. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you navigate the criminal process, understand your options, and protect your rights.

How Engel & Associates Can Help

Do not risk your freedom by trying to defend yourself. You need an experienced, knowledgeable theft lawyer in your corner to make sure that your rights are protected, someone who can guide you through the process and represent you effectively before the court.

Bruce Engel has more than two decades of experience in criminal law, including cases involving theft and robbery charges. He is committed to the highest standards in criminal defense and client satisfaction. Engel & Associates are trusted experts in criminal defense in Ottawa and the surrounding communities. They are located at 116 Lisgar St. Suite 210 Ottawa, ON K2P 0C2, and they may be reached by calling (866) 762-9250.