Theft, shoplifting, identity theft, petty theft, grand theft, or motor vehicle theft are some of the most common criminal charges in Alberta. Regular people without criminal records frequently find themselves facing these serious criminal allegations.

In order to be convicted of theft, the Crown must prove two parts to a theft charge; (1) must be an act of taking, moving, or using something without the permission or knowledge of the true owner and, (2) the person taking or moving the item must have known the property belonged to someone else.

The most common charges under a theft offence:

  • Theft under $5000 – Criminal Code section 322, 334(b)
  • Theft over $5000 – Criminal Code section 322,334(a)
  • Possession of stolen property under $5000 – Criminal Code section 354, 355(b)
  • Possession of stolen property over $5000 – Criminal Code section 354, 355(a)
  • Take motor vehicle without consent – Criminal Code section 335

The Penalties

  • Criminal record
  • Jail time of up to 10 years (Over $5000); Jail time of up to 2 years (Under $5000)
  • Probation
  • Fine of up to $5000

Common Questions

I have been charged with theft. Is this serious?

Any conviction will result in you having a Criminal Record which can affect future employment and travel opportunities. Theft charges can also lead to jail sentences. It is important to speak to Mike and let him know all the facts of your case.

I am charged with possession of stolen property but I didn’t know it was stolen. What can I do?

To be convicted of possession of stolen property, the Prosecutor must show that you knew (or should have known) the property was stolen, and that you had control of what happened to the property. Speaking with Mike will help determine if you have a defence.