being charged with 600 dollar shoplifting its the first time ive been charged and I'm 18, ive been arrested before as a minor but never charged will I get jail time

Asked 12 months ago in West vancouver, British Columbia
Categories: Criminal Law

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Andrew Captan

Answer by Andrew Captan

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Sorry to hear about the Theft Under $5,000 (shoplifting) charge.

Jail is an extraordinary sentence and is saved for a serious spectrum of criminal offences, rather than minor property crimes.  Provided that you do not work for the place from which you allegedly stole, the real question is whether the Crown will approve you for the Direct Accountability program.

The program usually involves completion of community service, a letter of apology and/or making a charitable donation.  If the Crown Attorney offers you a chance to participate, and you do participate (and complete the program requirements), the charge will usually be withdrawn or stayed, leaving you without any finding of guilt or criminal conviction.

Good luck.
Andrew Captan
Toronto Criminal Lawyer

Posted 12 months ago

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