Theft Lawyer Calgary
Theft is defined as taking something unlawfully, and without “colour 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 Lawyers Calgary
Fraud is legally defined as depriving someone of their property by using deceit or dishonesty.
Frauds are divided into two categories:
- Frauds that involve property worth more than $5000
- 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 Charges
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.
- First, is the theft or fraud over $5000?
- 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.