Theft is the act of taking someone else’s property without their consent, except in cases where you genuinely believe that the property is rightfully yours.
It is irrelevant whether your intention is to temporarily possess an item belonging to its rightful owner. The offence also encompasses the act of converting someone else's property for your own benefit.
Types of Theft-Related Charges
Theft by Person Holding Power of Attorney s 331: Possessing or deriving benefits from money, securities, or property that you are managing on behalf of someone else.
Motor Vehicle Theft s. 333.1: Taking or stealing any type of motor vehicle.
Theft, Forgery, etc., of Credit Card s. 342: Stealing, forging, or falsifying a credit card as well as possessing, using, or trafficking a credit card knowing that it was obtained, made, altered, revoked, or cancelled.
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Potential Penalties for Theft
Theft is treated as a hybrid offence, meaning that the offence can be punished summarily or by way of indictment. Section 334 of the Criminal Code categorizes theft based on the value of the stolen property: theft over $5,000 and theft under $5,000.
Theft over $5,000: Indictable offence carrying a maximum of ten years imprisonment. The offender could face the same punishment if the property stolen was a testamentary instrument.
Theft Under $5,000: Indictable offence carrying a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment. You will face lesser penalties if the offence is treated as a summary conviction. It is also important to note that punishments may vary depending on the type of theft charge you are facing. Call (306) 585-1777 for a free lawyer consultation and to discuss the potential sentencing outcomes for your theft case.
What is Needed to Secure a Theft Conviction?
The Crown prosecutor must establish the following elements to secure a theft conviction:
- Intent: You intended to unlawfully take the item in question.
- Lack of consent: You did not have consent to take the item in question.
- Lack of ownership: Provide evidence that the item in question belonged to someone else.
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