Experienced Shoplifting & Theft Lawyer in Toronto
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.