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Toronto Shoplifting & Theft Lawyer

Theft & Shoplifting Accusations

Being accused of theft is extremely upsetting and embarrassing. Typical charges include theft, possession of stolen property, and break and enter.

While a jail sentence in most cases is unlikely, it is nevertheless possible, particularly if it involves a “breach of trust” (stealing from an employer) or if someone has a past record for similar offences.

The collateral consequences of a guilty plea can be worse than the sentence issued by the judge, impacting present and future employment and your ability to travel, particularly to the United States.

That is why it is essential that you speak to a lawyer who has experience handling theft and shoplifting charges immediately.

All too often, persons charged with such offences are upstanding citizens, with no previous involvement with the justice system. The allegations are a result of a misunderstanding or a matter of a poor choice.

Richard has successfully represented persons charged with theft related charges since 2001, including first time defendants, professionals, students, and youth. In certain circumstances, Richard can negotiate with the prosecutor a result that leaves no criminal record or a complete withdrawal of the charges.

Winning Strategies & Defences

If the matter goes to trial, Richard has a long history of identifying winning strategies and defences, including:

  • Has the Crown established the identity of the person(s) involved?
  • What is the evidence of intent?
  • Has the Crown complied with the rules that govern the admissibility of the evidence?
  • If items were seized via a search warrant, did the police violate your constitutional rights?

Schedule a Meeting

Richard is always available to meet with you one-on-one to review the evidence, answer your questions and identify strategies for a successful result.

Call today to schedule a no charge initial consultation.

Richard acts for individuals facing theft charges in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Oshawa, Barrie, Hamilton, Newmarket and throughout Southern Ontario.


What is theft?

Theft is the act of taking something that doesn’t belong to you without permission. It’s a crime that can be punishable by law, depending on the value of what was taken and the severity of the crime.

Are shoplifting charges always dropped or withdrawn?

There is no one answer to this question as the decision to drop or withdraw shoplifting charges depends on various factors, including the severity of the crime, the amount of merchandise stolen, and whether or not the defendant has a previous criminal record. That said, in general, prosecutors are more likely to drop or withdraw charges against first-time offenders who have stolen small amounts of merchandise.

Is it theft if I steal from someone who doesn’t legally own the property I took?

Technically speaking, theft entails taking someone else’s property without their permission with the intent to deprive them of it permanently. If the person you’re stealing from doesn’t have a legal right to the property in question, then they can’t realistically be deprived of it since they never had any claim to it in the first place.

What is shoplifting?

Shoplifting is the unauthorized taking of merchandise from a store. It is one of the most common types of theft, and can be done in a number of ways. Typically, a shoplifter will conceal the item or items they wish to steal and then leave the store without paying for them. This can be done by hiding the items in a purse or bag, under clothing, or in empty shopping bags. Some shoplifters will also switch price tags in an effort to pay less for an item.

What can happen if I am found guilty of theft?

If you are found guilty of theft in Canada, you could face a number of penalties. These could include a fine, probation, or even imprisonment. The severity of the penalty will depend on the facts of your case and your criminal history, if any. If the value of the property stolen is significant, you may be facing a more serious punishment. If you have no prior criminal history, you may be looking at a less severe penalty. Ultimately, it will be up to the judge to decide what penalties you will face if you are convicted of theft.

What are the penalties for theft?

The penalties for theft in Canada can range from a simple fine to a lengthy prison sentence, depending on the value of the property stolen and the accused’s criminal history. Generally, the higher the value of the property stolen, the harsher the punishment.

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Richard Fedorowicz is a Criminal Lawyer Serving Toronto, Brampton, Newmarket, Hamilton, and Oshawa