Theft Charges

Adam Goodman Toronto Lawyer

Being charged with theft in Ontario can be extremely confusing

Let Adam Goodman help you. Adam Goodman practices criminal law in Greater Toronto Area and has the necessary experience in defending people who have been charged with a theft.

Adam has the know-how to be resourceful, aggressive & relentless in presenting the best possible case to defend your theft charges.

Adam Goodman’s clients come first

Adam Goodman does not run a stuffy traditional criminal law firm. He regularly meets with clients at times that work for their busy schedules and he will happily arrange for an evening or weekend appointment.

Why it’s essential you hire an experienced criminal lawyer

Just because you’ve been charged with theft, that does not mean you will be convicted. A lot theft charges that go to courts in Canada will go unproven when individuals have proper legal representation.

Even though it may not feel like it, remember you are on consider innocent until proven guilty. Theft cases can be complex and there are hundreds of variables, do not assume that you do not have a defence.

An experienced criminal lawyer will have huge list of possible theft defences that may allow your case to be dismissed. This is why it is essential you hire a criminal attorney who has the experience in courts with defending theft charges.

What happens if you are convicted of a theft charge

It really depends on the seriousness of the theft and the circumstances of the offender. A theft can be as minor as shoplifting some inexpensive goods or as serious as stealing expensive merchandise. As a result sentences can range to diversion (a program generally offered to first-time shoplifting offenders) to a period of time in custody.

Potential theft defences:

  • Factual innocence – the item was not taken.
  • Colour of right – the person taking the item had the right to do so.
  • Lack of mens rea – although the item was taken there was no actual intention to do so (may occur in cases where a person forgets they are holding an item that does not belong to them).

Theft offence FAQs:

What is the offence of theft?

The offence is defined in s. 322 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada and involves the taking of an item, animate or inanimate, without colour of right, or the conversion of an item to their use or the use of another person, with the intent to deprive the owner of the item. The Code explains that it is still a theft to deprive the owner of the item even if the intent was only to do so temporarily.

Can a theft involve violence or breaking and entering into a place?

While technically it can, theft offences with such aggravating features have been codified as other offences such as robbery and break and enter.

Is diversion or a peace bond available for all types of thefts?

Only the Crown Attorney can agree to diversion or offer a s. 810 or common law peace bond before trial. These are common resolutions depending on the nature of the theft and the circumstances of the offender.

How much does it cost to hire Adam Goodman for a theft offence matter?

In most cases, a retainer (usually between $2000-4000) is required to begin working on your matter. Depending on the circumstance, Adam may consider working on a contingency or partial contingency basis. Adam’s law practice offers payment plans and also accepts various forms of payment including debit and credit cards.

What should you do next?

Remember it costs you nothing to pick up the phone to find out your rights. Contact one of Adam Goodman’s Toronto offices today for a free assessment of your theft case and let him help lessen your stress and worries about your legal matter(s).