Critical reasons to hire a Toronto theft lawyer to defend yourself against theft or property charges
Charges of theft are often accompanied by charges of possession of property obtained by crime. There is a threshold in the Criminal Code where charges of theft are proceeded with more seriously after the amount allegedly stolen is over $5,000. Often, the police charge a person accused of theft with a number of counts of theft, even counts that are difficult or impossible to prove, and allow the courts to settle what can actually be proven.
The experience of being charged with numerous counts of theft and possession of property obtained by crime is difficult. When theft occurs from a vehicle or home, the police will often proceed with charges of break & enter, which are viewed much more seriously by the Courts. Those that are repeat offenders can have a difficult time securing bail.
When charged with such offences, it is important to retain a criminal lawyer to carefully review the case against you and determine what the issues with proof would be for the Crown at trial, as well as if there are any Charter issues. Charges of theft, break & enter and other property offences can often be difficult to prove because they rely on circumstantial evidence, such as fingerprints or witness identification that has been demonstrated to be unreliable and has led to wrongful convictions on a number of occasions. If you have been charged with a property offence it is vital to retain a criminal lawyer immediately.