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The Firm has a dedicated practice with defending First Offenders charged with Theft Under $5,000 or Shoplifting allegations in Toronto. We help people confidentially avoid a Criminal Record and achieve the best results. We have extensive experience defending allegations of Shoplifting from Retailers at the Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Mall, specifically The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Shoppers Drug Mart, LCBO, Loblaws, Sephora, Home Depot, Winners and a number of other retail merchants. Our expertise helps people privately avoid a Criminal Record. We regularly defend first offender charged in Toronto Courts, specifically Old City Hall, College Park, Metro North, Metro West and Scarborough Court.In January, 2017, the Firm resolved four (4) Fraud related allegations without a criminal record against a Canada Post employee charged with defrauding the Bank of Nova Scotia over $50,000.00 in its R. v. S.A. [2017]. The Firm is frequently consulted by the Media with respect to Theft and Fraud allegations in Toronto and often appears on CityNews680News and other Toronto Media organization including Global News.

Our team has successfully represented Real Estate Agents, Nurses, Pharmacists, Financial District employees, including people employed at Investors Group, CIBC, BMO and other financial institutions. We have successfully defended University Students, Retirees and even represented Paralegals and staff employed by the Law Society of Upper Canada facing charges of Shoplifting. The Firm has successfully represented Doctors, Accountants/CPAs and even Teachers employed by the Toronto District and Catholic School Boards charged with Theft related allegations.

The Firm regularly defends defending New Canadians, specifically, international students or professionals from India, Asia, Iran and Europe among others. The Firm has also worked with a number of ethnic communities in Toronto with specific Immigration and Travel concerns to the United States. The Firm regularly assists with Canadian Citizenship and Permanent Residency Applications, U.S. Travel and the Destruction of Police Records for those charged with Financial Crimes.

In July 2017, the Firm resolved an $18,500.00 cash theft from a CIBC bank employee on the job without a record, in its R. v. D.D. [2017]. In March 2016, the Firm resolved a $1,500.00 Fraud and Theft Under $5,000 allegation from The Bay, without a Criminal Record, where a Bay Street employee was charged with Shoplifting and caught by undercover security in the menswear department in its R. v. C.T. [2016].  The Firm further secured a withdrawal of nine (9) charges of Theft and Fraud from The Bay after a year of litigation in its R. v. G.E. [2016]. In our recent R. v. G.G. [2015], the Criminal Law Group successfully defended a BMO bank teller charged with Theft and Fraud Under $5,000 for allegedly robbing the bank on the job. All charges were withdrawn. It recently secured a Withdrawal of eight (8) Theft and Fraud Charges in its R. v. K.L [2015], including Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence for a Target Canada and Staples Shoplifting Ring.

In its R. v. J.A. [2016], the Firm secured a withdrawal of 3 Theft, Attempt Theft and Fraud Charges against the accused who was allegedly involved in an internal employer-employee Theft Ring where $3000 in Blue Jays merchandise went missing from the Rogers Center. The Firm secured a a withdrawal of Theft Under $5000 for a Toronto Doctor caught with over $3000.00 in merchandise from The Bay in its R. v. S.Y. [2016]. Jordan Donich has even work with The Bay Corporate Headquarters in New York to resolve internal employer-employee Theft Rings before Criminal Charges even arise.

We enjoy our work and look forward to fighting for you. Our objective is to resolve your charge without a criminal conviction and protect your future. Many of our clients have dedicated years to obtaining a University or College education and meaningful employment, let us protect that investment for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t want my Employer or Work to Discover my Charge of Theft Under $5,000?
What if I don’t want my Immigrations Application to be Impacted by a Charge of Theft Under $5,000?
What are Some of Yours Cases?
What is Your Rate of Success?
Where Do You Practice?
What is Theft?
Does the Value of the Product Taken Make a Difference?
Is There a Difference Between Theft and Fraud?
What are the Consequences of Having a Criminal Record?
Is There a Difference Between Theft and Shoplifting?

Additional Resources

First Offenders & Theft
Sentencing Factors
Keeping Your Charges Private
Release from Police Custody
Theft From Your Employer
Resolving Shoplifting Charges
U.S. Waivers

What if I don’t want my Employer or Work to Discover my Charge of Theft Under $5,000?

We actively defend young professions and provide expert advice on avoiding detection of your Theft Under $5000 allegation by your employer. A Theft or Fraud Under $5,000 allegation has profound employment consequences. A conviction associated with Shoplifting often leads to termination of employment and challenges finding new work with rigorous Criminal Record checks.

What if I don’t want my Immigrations Application to be Impacted by a Charge of Theft Under $5,000?

We frequently defend new immigrants or those seeking residency charged with Theft Under $5,000 who seek to conceal allegations of Shoplifting from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Our service includes providing legal advice regarding the impacts of a Theft allegation in the context of immigration applications and travel to the United States.

A conviction of Theft Under $5,000.00 will almost always adversely affect an Application for Permanent Residency or Canadian Citizenship. Our service includes advice on how to navigate these complications.

What are Some of Yours Cases?

The Firm has defended allegations of Theft Under $5,000 from as low as 10 cents worth of product being stolen all the way up to over $60,000.00. We have handled allegations where a single condom was stolen from a box at Shoppers Drug Mart, to cosmetics at Sephora, and internal Theft rings at HomeSense, The Bay and Saks.

We recently resolved a $60,000.00 HomeSense Fraud and Theft ring without a criminal record in our R. v. S.C. [2015]. The Criminal Law Group further resolved a $56,000.00 Fraud allegation from RBC without a criminal conviction in its R. v. A.N. [2013]. We further resolved an internal employee Theft ring from Target Canada, where all the employees we represented did not receive a Criminal Record in our R. v. N.B. [2015].

In July 2017, the Firm resolved an $18,500.00 cash theft from a CIBC bank employee on the job without a record, in its R. v. D.D. [2017]. In March 2016, the Firm resolved a $1,500.00 Fraud and Theft Under $5,000 allegation from The Bay, without a Criminal Record, where a Bay Street employee was charged with Shoplifting and caught by undercover security in the menswear department in its R. v. C.T. [2016].  The Firm further secured a withdrawal of nine (9) charges of Theft and Fraud from The Bay after a year of litigation in its R. v. G.E. [2016]. In the Firms R. v. J.A. [2016], it secured a withdrawal of 3 Theft, Attempt Theft and Fraud Charges against the accused who was allegedly involved in an internal employer-employee Theft Ring where $3000.00 in Blue Jays merchandise went missing from the Rogers Center.

In January, 2017, the Firm resolved four (4) Fraud related allegations without a criminal record against a Canada Post employee charged with defrauding the Bank of Nova Scotia over $50,000.00 in its R. v. S.A. [2017].

The Firm has handled a number complex Shoplifting and Theft allegations in Toronto, in its R. v. K.L. [2015], the Firm secured a full Withdrawal of eight (8) Theft and Fraud Under $5,000 related charges, including Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence. The Firm secured a a withdrawal of Theft Under $5000 for a Toronto Doctor caught with over $3000.00 in merchandise from The Bay in its R. v. S.Y. [2016].

What is Your Rate of Success?

99% of all single count first offenders handled by our Firm are resolved without a Criminal Conviction. However, when hiring any lawyer to defend you, it is important to remember no lawyer can guarantee any result and that past results may not necessarily be indicative of future performance, each case is handled based on its own unique facts.

Where Do You Practice?

Our Firm primarily service Toronto Courts, specifically Old City Hall, College Park, Scarborough Court, Metro North and Metro West. We also actively service other courts outside the GTA on specific request. It is important to hire a Law Firm that specifically practices in the jurisdiction in which you are charged and deals with the specific courts and Crown Prosecutors.

What is Theft?

The Criminal Code provides that an individual commits a theft when he or she fraudulently and without colour of risk takes, or fraudulently and without colour of right converts to his use or to the use of another person anything with intent.

Thefts happen in a variety of contexts. Our office has a dedicated practice to Firs Offenders charged with theft, including employees charged with stealing from their employers on the job.

Does the Value of the Product Taken Make a Difference?

The Criminal Code provides that thefts are prosecuted differently depending on whether the product taken is below or over $5,000. The Crown will be required to prove the monetary value of the theft to determine which tier of the offence will be prosecuted.

In the event you are charged with Theft Over $5,000, section 334 of the Criminal Code provides it is an indictable offence which includes a punishment up to ten years imprisonment.

Is There a Difference Between Theft and Fraud?

What distinguishes Theft and Fraud is the element of intent. In contrast to Theft, Fraud has the additional element of intent to hide or conceal the unlawful act. Being charged with Fraud is generally more aggravating than theft and includes higher penalties.

What are the Consequences of Having a Criminal Record?

In the event your are convicted of Theft, Fraud or some other form of Shoplifting related allegation, you can expect profound employment, immigration and travel restrictions.

(1) Employment – If you have completed a University or College Degree, that achievement will be completed overshadowed by a conviction. Nearly all employers now require regular Criminal Record checks. If you are convicted of Shoplifting or Theft Under $5,000, you may have to wait a decade for a Pardon. The best way to prevent any employment consequences is to deal with the allegation of Theft properly from the start.

(2) Travel – Being convicted of Theft Under $5,000 will seriously impede any travel endeavors to the United States or other foreign jurisdictions. In certain circumstances you may require a U.S. Waiver to ensure access is granted to the United States.

(3) Immigration – If you are a newcomer to Canada and are in the process of obtaining Permanent Residency or Citizenship, a conviction associated with Shoplifting, Theft or Fraud will likely frustrate any ongoing applications with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, as it will require a local criminal record check for the purpose of its application.

Is There a Difference Between Theft and Shoplifting?

Shoplifting is a specific type of Theft and arises when someone takes product from a retail store such as The Bay, Winners, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Whole Foods or Sephora without paying for it. Generally these individuals will be charged with Theft Under $5,000.

We frequently handle cases where people charged with Shoplifting are also charged with Possession of Stolen Property.

The Firm regularly defends allegations of Theft and Fraud Under $5,000. Our objective is resolve your charge(s) efficiently and without a Criminal Record confidentially without your friends, family or employer discovering.

You have likely invested years in your personal development through education and meaningful employment, let us protect that investment for you.

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