Theft & Fraud Charges
Theft involves intentionally taking another individual’s property from them without their permission. Theft is often charged depending on the monetary value of the property taken, and includes:
- Theft under $5,000
- Theft over $5,000
Fraud involves the intentional use of deceit, falsehood, or other fraudulent means to defraud someone or the public of property, money, a service, or a valuable security. Like theft, fraud is often charged depending on the monetary value relating to the fraud, and includes:
- Fraud under $5,000
- Fraud over $5,000
Theft or fraud may also involve what is sometimes referred to as “credit theft” or “credit card fraud,” which includes the offences of:
- Theft of a credit card
- Forgery or falsification of a credit card
- Knowingly possessing, using, or trafficking in a forged or falsified credit card
- Using a revoked or cancelled credit card
- Unauthorized use of credit card data
The sentence imposed for a Theft or Fraud conviction depends on the circumstances of each individual case. Nevertheless, a conviction for any criminal offence will result in a criminal record, which can negatively impact many areas of your life including your reputation, your ability to maintain or obtain employment, and your ability to travel to other countries like the United States. In addition, a conviction for these offences may carry other penalties, including a potentially lengthy term of imprisonment.
Now is not the time to delay! Your reputation, future, and freedom are too important. In all cases, you are well advised to immediately speak with Mr. McKee so he can evaluate your case, get your side of the story, and relentlessly defend you against your charges.