Andrew Captan is a Toronto Criminal Lawyer with extensive experience in defending persons charged with the criminal offence of Theft.
Theft can be generally defined as the taking (or converting) of something that is owned by another person, where the accused person does so fraudulently, and with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of it.
Depending on the value of the property in question, the offence may be one of Theft Under $5,000 or Theft Over $5,000. Theft Over $5,000, of course, is a more serious (indictable) criminal offence, triggering more punitive sentences upon findings of guilt. Theft Under $5,000 is a “hybrid” criminal offence, within the absolute jurisdiction of the Ontario Court of Justice.
Mr. Captan has developed a niche practice in representing individuals charged with Theft (and Fraud), where there is an element of a breach of trust. The most common case of this nature would be where the offence takes place within the context of employment. Even for relatively low-level Thefts (and Frauds), the added element of a breach of trust can lead to punitive sentences, including jail time.
If you or someone you know is facing a Theft charge, contact Andrew Captan today!