Have you been charged with a theft or fraud offence? Contact our Vancouver criminal lawyers now for expert legal advice. As experienced defence lawyers, we have the experience to help you. We are able to assist clients whether they are an individual or part of an organization. We deal with all levels of theft and fraud offence.
Types of theft and fraud offences
Theft is the unlawful taking of another’s property without permission or consent with the intent to deprive the owner. Fraud involves depriving another of money by deception. Theft and fraud offences are often referred to as ‘white collar’ crimes. They include, but are not limited to –
- Theft Over $5,000
- Fraud Over $5000
- Affecting Public Markets
- Theft from an Employer
- Identity Theft
- Unauthorized Use of Credit Card Data
- Mail Fraud
- False Pretense
Theft and Fraud Vancouver lawyers
An allegation of theft or fraud is extremely upsetting and can result in individuals convicted of this offence serving jail time. The mere accusation can damage your reputation and employment prospects. This can have a significant impact on your life, especially if you run a business or are in a position of trust. If convicted, you may struggle to travel or secure future employment.
That is why it is important to fight any charges brought against you. Getting a lawyer on your side at an early stage is important to ensure that you understand your legal rights and have an experienced legal advocate in your corner. Thanks to our experience, we can advise how best to handle the matter. Every case is different and at trial we may be able to argue a defence such as –
- Mistake, whereby the prosecution has wrongfully accused you
- Lack of intent, meaning you did not intend to deprive the owner
- Colour of right, meaning you thought you had the right to possess the property
There may also be other mitigating circumstances which explain your actions.
Our aim is to get you the best outcome possible. Having our expertise could make the difference between an acquittal and a jail sentence. We know it is frightening to face such serious allegations but we are here to help you.
Even for those individuals who have made a mistake and committed an offence of fraud there may be mitigating circumstances which explain your actions. As defence lawyers we can negotiate and enter into a plea bargain with the Crown Counsel, or make legal submissions to the Judge, to obtain you the best possible results. In many circumstances help you avoid the stigma of a criminal conviction.
Contact us now
At Mickelson & Whysall, we have handled all kinds of theft and fraud cases. Whether it is an allegation of shoplifting or a more serious charge of theft from your employer, our defence lawyers can successfully guide you through the process.
We understand that you may feel intimidated, especially if this is your first dealing with the criminal justice system. You will also want the issue dealt with as quickly and as discreetly as possible. At Mickelson & Whysall we support you throughout, acting confidentially at all times.