Oshawa Lawyers For Theft Charges

While charges involving theft, stolen property and related issues may seem minor, the reality is that the law is more complicated than it seems. There are effective defences to such charges, and you need a lawyer to help you through the legal process.

If you have been charged with theft or are facing offences involving possession of stolen property, you will likely need legal representation. The lawyers at Risen, Inch & Fraser represent clients throughout the Durham Region and Ontario in criminal defence cases. We have an established presence in the community and have been handling criminal cases for more than 30 years.

Defences To Theft And Possession Of Stolen Property

While the laws surrounding theft and possession of stolen property are slightly complex, the taking of someone else's property without his or her permission is considered theft. Theft charges must involve the intention of taking something that doesn't belong to an individual. If there was no intention or you sincerely believed that the item belonged to you, then there are defences to the charges.

Possessing stolen property requires in law that someone not only has knowledge and control over the item itself, but must also have the belief that the item was originally stolen by another person. Or, this can also involve the belief that the item might have been stolen and that the person deliberately failed to take reasonable steps to determine the legitimacy of the property. Paying a "fair" or even inflated price for an item does not give one a defence to an allegation of stolen property.

Shoplifting Lawyers Serving Whitby, Durham And Northumberland

Please contact the Oshawa criminal defence lawyers at our firm to schedule an initial consultation to discuss the details of your criminal charge. Call our firm at 289-274-3492 or toll free at 800-279-0642 to schedule a meeting. You can also book a meeting online by completing a short contact form.