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Theft & Fraud Defence Lawyer in Calgary

Theft Definition

Theft is defined as taking something unlawfully, and without “color of right” (a legitimate claim or belief in relation to the property taken).

A conviction for theft, even of a small amount, can have wide-ranging negative consequences on your life. Theft is considered a “crime of dishonesty” and a conviction will therefore affect your reputation in your community.

Potential employers may refuse or terminate your employment if their business involves handling money or the use of valuable property. Your friends, family and peers may view you as unworthy of their trust.

Fraud Definition

Fraud is legally defined as depriving someone of their property by using deceit or dishonesty.

Frauds are divided into two categories:

  1. Frauds that involve property worth more than $5000
  2. Frauds that involve property worth less than $5000

Common examples include:

  • One person using another person’s credit card to purchase goods without their knowledge or consent
  • An employee submitting false timesheets
  • The manager of a company altering a ledger to show higher profits, in order to collect a performance bonus

Theft & Fraud Charge

If you are charged with simple theft or fraud, you should direct your mind to two main issues in determining how to approach the situation.

  1. First, is the theft or fraud over $5000?
  2. Second, is the theft or fraud alleged to be through the course of employment?

If the answer to either question is yes, the Crown will almost surely seek a jail sentence.

Often times these types of charges involve various documentary records, particularly in cases of Fraud.  If you intend to fight the charges, it is important to begin gathering all documents you feel might assist in explaining what occurred.

Theft & Fraud Sentence

Even if you intend on accepting responsibility for this type of offence, it may be worthwhile to explore your options. The range of sentence for this type of offence is very broad. Often, good representation can lead to no criminal record. Alternatively, a community based sentence may be achieved even where the Crown is seeking jail.

Variations of this type of offence include charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Uttering Forged Document. If you are charged with theft/fraud involving credit card making or credit card data it is extremely important to receive legal advice before proceeding.

Theft & Fraud FAQs

  1. What is theft under $5000 / theft over $5000 in Canada?
  2. What are the best defences to theft charges?
  3. What is fraud?
  4. What are the best defences to fraud?
  5. How can I get my theft or fraud charges dropped?

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Disclaimer: All results of cases handled by the lawyer/firm are not provided. The results provided are not necessarily representative of results obtained by the lawyer/firm or of the experience of all clients or others with the lawyer/firm. Every case is different, and each client’s case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.

Successful Case Results

Unlawfully in a Dwelling House, Charges Withdraw

Calgary Provincial Court
Case Number: 22601281

Our client was charged with unlawfully being in a dwelling house after it was alleged that he was heavily intoxicated and entered another person’s home without permission, frightening the homeowner who was watching TV in the living room.

Upon being retained we immediately requested disclosure. We were able to get our client into the Alternative Measures Program, and his charge was withdrawn once he completed the program.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Break and Enter, Theft Under $5000, Possession of Break-In Instruments, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Charges Withdrawn

Airdrie Provincial Court
Case Number: 23500891

Our client was facing a number of serious criminal charges after it was alleged that he had broken into a home and had stolen a number of items.

Upon being retained we immediately sought disclosure, including a fingerprint analysis. We determined that the identification of our client as the accused could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. We negotiated with the Crown and they withdrew all of the charges.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn

Theft Under $5,000, Charges Withdrawn

Canmore Provincial Court
Case Number: 22601571

Our client was charged with Theft Under $5000 after it was alleged that she had stolen money from her employer.

Once we were retained we sought disclosure and reviewed it with our client. We got our client into the Alternative Measures Program, and the charge was withdrawn upon completion of the program. As a result, our client does not have a criminal record and she was able to continue working abroad teaching English.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

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Disclaimer: All results of cases handled by the lawyer/firm are not provided. The results provided are not necessarily representative of results obtained by the lawyer/firm or of the experience of all clients or others with the lawyer/firm. Every case is different, and each client’s case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.