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Theft and Possession of Stolen Goods

Simple Theft, Robbery and Possession of Stolen Goods

What is Theft?

Theft is provided for in section 322 of the Criminal Code

According to the Criminal Code, it is the act of taking a thing in which one has no rights, with the intention of depriving the person who has an interest in that thing. 

Penalties for Shoplifting

If you are convicted of this offense, you could face up to 10 years in prison, if the value of the stolen object is greater than $5 000. 

If the value is less than $5 000, the maximum term of imprisonment is 2 years. 

It should be noted that it is mainly the value of the stolen property that will influence the sentence. 

What is Robbery? 

It is said that a robbery is qualified if a person uses force or threatens to use it when the theft is committed. 

Penalties for Robbery

If you are convicted of such a charge, you could face life imprisonment and it is important to mention that this offense cannot give rise to a suspended prison sentence. 

It should also be noted that if a weapon was used during the offense, the penalty would be more severe. 

What is possession of stolen goods?

Finally, a person will be charged with possession of stolen goods if he has in his possession a property that was illegally obtained. 

Penalties for Possession of Stolen Goods 

If you are found guilty of this infraction, you could face a jail sentence of up to 10 years. 

Defenses for Theft, Robbery and Possession of Stolen Goods

It should be noted that well represented and depending on the circumstances, an absolute discharge could be possible, as well as an acquittal. 

Each case is different, our lawyers will evaluate in detail, starting from the very first meeting, your chances and the strategies for your defense. 

Contact us immediately at 514-990-3430 to begin the process of your defense.