If you have been accused of shoplifting, please contact us at Mickelson & Whysall. We can represent you throughout criminal proceedings, attending court on your behalf. We will use our expertise to limit the potential consequences.
Shoplifting as a criminal offence
The law in Canada considers shoplifting as a type of theft. There are two offences relating to theft – theft under $5,000 and theft over $5,000. Usually where shoplifting is concerned, the value of the items will be under $5,000.
Shoplifting is a common offence and can affect people from all walks of life. Perhaps you took something in a moment of weakness, or maybe you are going through a difficult period in your life. Even those who are normally law-abiding individuals may find themselves facing a charge of shoplifting. This can be embarrassing. Being questioned by the police, and having to attend court, will only add to the stress of the situation.
Being found guilty of shoplifting can have far-reaching consequences, affecting your ability to travel and gain employment. It can also have a negative impact for those who are not residents but wish to become permanent residents in the future.
Get expert legal advice
If you have been accused of shoplifting, please contact us for help. We can act as your trusted legal friend, attending court on your behalf and securing the best possible outcome.
Stores sometimes misinterpret the facts and wrongfully accuse people of shoplifting. If this has happened to you, we will work to prove your innocence and get the charges overturned.
Alternatively, if you accept responsibility and it is your first offence, we can enter a plea bargain or ask that you are considered for the alternative measures program. This ensures the matter is kept out of court and that you do not get a criminal record.
If this is not applicable, we can examine all the defences known to law to defend the shoplifting charges. We will work hard to secure a not guilty verdict, or to get you a Conditional Discharge – meaning you avoid a criminal conviction.
Vancouver shoplifting lawyers
We can help you avoid a criminal record as a result of a shoplifting incident. In most cases, you will not have to attend court to face a shoplifting allegation. This protects your privacy and saves you the worry of appearing in front of a judge.
For further information or for a free initial consultation, please contact our Vancouver criminal law office.