I was charged with theft. Celine was upfront about the fees, with no surprises. I would recommend at the very least a consultation with Celine. You won’t be disappointed, I know I wasn’t.
Céline Dostaler offers a defence against theft and shoplifting charges. Reach her at 613.863.8595 to mitigate personal consequences.
Theft is one of the most common crimes committed. It involves the act of removing or taking someone’s property fraudulently. The intent is to deprive the other person of the property that has been taken or removed, either permanently or temporarily. Theft ranges from pickpocketing to embezzlement of millions of dollars.
Not all incidents of taking someone else’s property without their permission will be considered theft. There must be evidence that the property was moved or taken fraudulently, as well as dishonest intent in the act of moving or taking the property.
For example, if you accidentally take someone else’s umbrella from a stand, the act is not automatically categorized as theft. However, if you understood that the umbrella belonged to someone else, but took it anyway, you could be found guilty of theft.
This is a defence in theft cases that can be used if you mistakenly believed that you had a legal right to the property. In such cases, you can get the charges of theft dropped, and you will not have a criminal record, pay any fines, or serve jail time.
If you are found guilty of theft:
Céline Dostaler, an experienced criminal lawyer in Ottawa, can assist in maneuvering through your theft and shoplifting charges.