Theft is stealing which is taking anything that is not lawfully yours. Common items stolen under Theft charges are money, property, animals, energy, telecommunications. Even if an item was taken for a temporary period of time and then returned, Theft can still be found as a conviction. It is the act of depriving a lawful owner of the rights to their property. For example, you cannot shoplift and then return the item and escape culpability for the original act of theft. The same for money or any other property. Theft is divided into over / under $5,000. The over $5,000 being treated as more serious.

This offence frequently goes hand in hand with Theft. There are situations where a person can be charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and not accompanied by Theft. For example, if a person is holding stolen property for the person that stole it such as money, jewelry, vehicles etc.

This depends on the circumstances of the case. Both Theft over/under $5,000 can result in jail time. Occasionally, the Crown Prosecution will opt for diversion programs to allow the accused to make recompense to injured parties and society. A diversion program can be a path for an accused to avoid jail time.

We are fighters by nature and don’t like to see anyone get pushed around in life or their rights stepped on. We especially don’t like it when people get pushed around by the system. We are here to help my clients out and to get them a fair shake at the justice system hearing their side of the story and get them the best outcome possible.

A free consultation with me is the best way to start. We will sit down and review your file. We will talk about the courses of action we can take, the likely outcomes, and of course – the best path forward to getting you back on your feet again.


    John East


    B.A. (Hons), M.A., J.D.

    John East lives for a fight. He is not afraid to throw a punch and is certainly not afraid to take a punch. He then became a Criminal Defence Lawyer. Having spent many years working on a farm, John East understands that hard work is what wins out at the end of the day. He applies this motto to every case that he defends, no matter what.