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A lot shoplifting charges that go to courts in Canada will go unproven when individuals have proper legal representation.
What You Need To Know:
An experienced criminal lawyer will know the ins and outs of handling a shoplifting case. Adam Goodman has the ‘know how’ and necessary experience to see if you are eligible to have your shoplifting charges diverted from the court system, which would result in withdrawal of any criminal charges.
Shoplifting may not be as serious as other thefts, but it still is an offence that can permanently stain your record.
It’s obvious to most people that theft is taking something that doesn’t belong to you without the permission of the owner of the property. Shoplifting is considered theft, but usually involves a theft from a retail store rather than a private citizen or other type of business.
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What Happens If You Are Convicted Of A Shoplifting Offence?
The good news is, the Crown Attorneys in Ontario generally treat the below type of theft less seriously than other types of criminal charges.
Often shoplifting was an impulsive poor decision or it is sometimes a compulsive mental challenge for some individuals. Most people who have been caught shoplifting are not considered a hard criminal and they are often very ashamed and embarrassed they made that decision. If it happened to you, you don’t need to be embarrassed. It happens to all kinds of people.
Do I Need A Lawyer?
This is a common question for shoplifting cases. The process of assisting a client with diversion is usually not very difficult. This is not always the case. There may also be cases where diversion was not offered at the outset and a lawyer was able to demonstrate to the Crown Attorney why diversion is the best outcome. A lawyer also provides peace of mind.
It's Not The First Charge?
It is not impossible for an individual who has previously been charged with shoplifting to be offered diversion. In many cases however the Crown Attorney will not be agreeable to a diversion program. In such a case the matter will proceed through the court system like any other criminal charge.
Divert My Charge?
A large number of those charged with shoplifting-related offences have never been charged before; often they are people who made a poor decision and regret this choice. While it is still possible to be offered diversion if one has been charged in the past, it can serve as a barrier. Other factors include the value of the items taken and the circumstances of the offence.
What Comes Next?
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