Depending on the circumstances, shoplifting can be hard to prove, or not serious enough to pursue in court. Nontheless, to maximize your chances of avoiding fines, jail time, a criminal record and diminished employment options, you should seek legal counsel immediately.
If you have questions about a shoplifting related charge, call Rishi Gill at 604.899.1436. Your initial consultation with Rishi is no charge and includes a review of your case, possible defences and courses of action. When you call, you will speak to Rishi Gill directly (not a paralegal or assistant), so you can be assured that the counsel you receive will be timely and discrete.
Theft charges are prosecuted under sections 322–334 of the criminal code. If you’re caught shoplifting in Canada, you can be charged with the crime of theft. Theft is a property crime that can be applied in any circumstance from shoplifting a chocolate bar to stealing a car or jewellery.
The Canadian courts make a distinction between theft under $5,000, which can result in a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison, and theft over $5,000, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Less serious offences are charged as summary offences and more serious offences are indictable.