Shoplifting (under $5000) - Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman

Shoplifting is one of the most common minor criminal offences committed in Canada, and it happens to people of all ages and backgrounds. While it is a minor offence, a conviction on a shoplifting charge can impact your life for years to come, and can even limit your ability to gain employment or future educational opportunities.

If you are facing shoplifting charges, then you need the services of a qualified and competent lawyer, someone experienced in dealing with property crimes. The right lawyer can be your greatest ally as you fight to protect your rights, your record, and your reputation.

Defences in Shoplifting Cases

In some cases, shoplifting charges may be reduced if it can be proven that the shoplifting was an accident on your part. It is easy to walk out of a store and forget to pay for something. Unfortunately, many judges are skeptical of the “accident” defence since it is so often used. An experienced lawyer can help determine whether this defence may be helpful in your specific case.

A good shoplifting attorney may also be able to convince the prosecution to withdraw the charges without the need to go to trial, if the accused is a first-time offender and makes reparation for the stolen item. Your lawyer will know the law as it applies in your province, and should also have good working relationships with prosecutors and judges, which can better the chances of negotiating a plea deal on your behalf.

The good news is that shoplifting is considered to be the least serious of the criminal charges that you could face, but you still need to have legal counsel in your corner when you find yourself entangled in the criminal justice system. Representing yourself is a major risk, and in many courts, it is very difficult to obtain a plea bargain, reduced charges, or a reduced sentence without the assistance of a seasoned criminal defence lawyer.

If you or someone you know has been charged with shoplifting, speak to a lawyer immediately to see what can be done to protect your record. You do not want a minor blight on your record to become an impediment to future opportunity.

Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman: Criminal Defence Lawyers On Your Side

The Law Firm of Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman is committed to providing the highest standards of legal defence for individuals and corporations charged with criminal offences. This formidable team of lawyers has decades of combined experience in all areas of criminal law, including conducting trials and arguing cases at all levels of court in Ontario as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada. They also provide legal assistance to other lawyers and firms in a variety of legal fields, such as immigration or family law, when those matters cross the line into the criminal arena.

The firm has established a reputation within the Ontario court system for its commitment to justice and unwavering dedication to professionalism. For a free initial telephone consultation, contact Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman at 5000 Yonge St, Suite 1708, Toronto ON M2N 7E9, or by calling (416) 365-3151.