If you are being charged with a theft or fraud offence it can seriously hamper your chances of finding employment, especially if you intend to work around money, valuables, or sensitive information. A thorough and experienced lawyer can help you ensure you identify and present all the evidence in your defence.

Theft

Charges ranging from shoplifting, petty theft, burglary, robbery, car theft, receipt of stolen property or trafficking of stolen property.

Shoplifting /Petty Theft

Theft, $5,000 or less

  • 322, 334(b)
  • Hybrid offence
  • Can be considered a summary conviction depending on circumstances of the case.
  • Indictable offence
  • 6 months / $5,000 fine - 2 years maximum

Theft over $5,000

  • 322, 334(a)
  • Indictable offence
  • 10 years maximum

Car Theft

Taking a motor vehicle without consent of the owner, or being a knowing passenger in such vehicle (“joyriding”)

  • 335
  • Summary conviction
  • 6 months / $5,000 fine

Theft over $5,000

  • 322, 334(a)
  • Indictable offence
  • 10 years maximum

Burglary

Theft over $5,000

  • 322, 334(a)
  • Indictable offence
  • 10 years maximum

Break and enter with intent, committing indictable offence (non-dwelling house)

  • 348
  • Hybrid offence
  • Can be considered a summary conviction depending on circumstances of the case.
  • Indictable offence
  • 6 months / $5,000 - 10 years maximum

Robbery

Robbery

  • 343, 344(b)
  • Indictable offence
  • Life imprisonment

Robbery (using a firearm)

  • 343, 344(a)
  • Indictable offence
  • 4 years minimum - Life imprisonment

Possession of Stolen Property

Possession of stolen property (under $5,000)

  • 354, 355(b)
  • Hybrid offence
  • Can be considered a summary conviction depending on circumstances of the case.
  • Indictable offence
  • 6 months / $5,000 fine - 2 years maximum

Possession of stolen property (over $5,000)

  • 354, 355(a)
  • Indictable offence
  • 10 years maximum

Fraud

Fraud charges can include mail fraud, check fraud, internet fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, or telemarketing fraud.

Fraud, $5,000 or less

  • 380(1)(b)
  • Hybrid offence
  • Can be considered a summary conviction depending on circumstances of the case.
  • Indictable offence
  • 6 months / $5,000 fine - 2 years maximum

Fraud over $5,000

  • 380(1)(a)
  • Indictable offence
  • 10 years maximum

Forgery & Credit Card Fraud

Forgery

  • 366
  • Hybrid offence
  • Can be considered a summary conviction depending on circumstances of the case.
  • Indictable offence
  • 6 months / $5,000 fine - 10 years maximum

Theft or forgery of credit card

  • 342(a),(b)
  • Hybrid offence
  • Can be considered a summary conviction depending on circumstances of the case.
  • Indictable offence
  • 6 months / $5,000 fine - 10 years maximum

Use or possess stolen or forged credit card

  • 342(c)
  • Hybrid offence
  • Can be considered a summary conviction depending on circumstances of the case.
  • Indictable offence
  • 6 months / $5,000 fine - 10 years maximum \

Use of revoked or cancelled credit card

  • 342(d)
  • Hybrid offence
  • Can be considered a summary conviction depending on circumstances of the case.
  • Indictable offence
  • 6 months / $5,000 fine - 10 years maximum

Identity Theft & Fraud

Identity Theft

  • S. 402.2 Criminal Code of Canada
  • Indictable offence
  • 5 years maximum

Identity Fraud

  • S. 403 Criminal Code of Canada
  • Hybrid offence
  • Can be considered a summary conviction or indictable offence depending on circumstances of the case.
  • 10 years maximum

If you have been accused of theft or fraud Michel Fontaine can provide you with experienced, aggressive defence. He will review your case, question witnesses, review police reports and work to uncover inconsistencies to assist you in your defence.

Contact Michel Fontaine today for a consultation. Contact Michel Fontaine today for a consultation. He is willing to take on clients in the following communities.

  • Edmonton & the surrounding areas
  • Ft. McMurray
  • Grande Prairie
  • Bonnyville
  • Cold Lake
  • Lloydminster

Contact Michel Fontaine today for a consultation.