Theft is committed when a person fraudulently or unlawfully takes something from another person or entity. For the purposes of Canadian Law, theft can be broken down into two categories: Theft under $5,000 and Theft over $5,000. A conviction for theft under $5,000 can lead to a punishment of up to 2 years in custody, while a conviction for theft over $5,000 can result in up to 10 years in prison.

Many factors can be taken into consideration before the court determines an appropriate sentence and the severity of the punishment may be dependent on the type of theft.

Thefts can range from crimes of opportunity such as shoplifting to serious breaches of trust. Different factors are considered by the courts in determining the punishment for a theft conviction. Some cases are taken more seriously.


Under investigation or charged with theft? Call John Cheevers at 604-685-8889.

A theft charge involves you in the criminal justice system. Unfortunately, the criminal justice system is large, impersonal, and for many difficult to navigate. While the reason for the theft charge may be something as innocent as a misplaced item in the grocery basket, the consequences can be hugely embarrassing: everything from a criminal record to potentially having to serve a sentence.

Most retailers make it a policy to arrest and seek charges for anyone who steals from them, either by shoplifting, changing price tags or making false returns. Larger retailers have full-time loss prevention officers who will arrest any subject they find shoplifting. After the arrest, these lost prevention officers will call the police, who will normally attend and serve the suspect a Promise to Appear. The store security officer then gives their report to the police who prepare a police file.


Under investigation or charged with theft? Call John Cheevers at 604-685-8889.

Lawyer John Cheevers has the knowledge and expertise gained from years of exclusive criminal law practice, and has brought many theft cases to discreet and successful outcomes.

Any criminal charge is serious because of the potential consequences. In the context of criminal charges, theft and possession of stolen property are highly stigmatizing, embarrassing, and can affect your employment opportunities, your ability to travel, and your personal relationships. An experienced lawyer can often persuade the prosecution to deal with the matter out of court, through alternative measures that do not result in a criminal conviction.