Toronto Fraud and Theft Lawyer

Toronto Criminal Defence Lawyers Representing Clients In Fraud and Theft Cases

Fraud and theft charges encompass a broad spectrum of criminal activities, ranging from white-collar offenses to property crimes. These charges often involve allegations of deceptive practices, misrepresentation, or the unlawful taking of another person’s property.

What Is Fraud?

Fraud is the unlawful act of deceiving someone intending to result in financial or personal gain. In Canada, fraud falls under two categories: fraud under $5000 and fraud over $5000. Fraud under $5000 carries a potential sentence of up to two years in prison and fraud over $5000 carries a potential sentence of up to 14 years in prison.

Common Types of Fraud:

  1. Identity Fraud: Unauthorized use of someone’s personal information for personal or financial gain.
  2. Credit Card Fraud: Illegal use of credit card information for financial gain.
  3. Insurance Fraud: False claims or misrepresentations made to insurance companies.
  4. Wire Fraud: Fraudulent schemes conducted via electronic means, such as email or phone communication.

What Is Theft?

Theft is the unlawful act of taking someone else’s property. In Canada, theft is classified as a property offence and falls under two categories: theft under $5000 and theft over $5000. Theft under $5000 carries a potential sentence of up to two years in prison and theft over $5000 carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Impact of Fraud or Theft Convictions

Being convicted of fraud or theft can have lasting consequences, extending far beyond serving a prison sentence. Beyond the immediate legal penalties, such convictions result in the creation of a public criminal record, impacting future employment prospects and housing opportunities. Financial repercussions, including restitution to victims, can be significant. For non-citizens, immigration consequences such as deportation or visa revocation is also a possibility.

The Importance of Seeking Legal Counsel

If you or someone you know is facing charges related to fraud or theft, it is essential to consult an experienced fraud and theft defence lawyer, as they are able to provide personalized advice tailored to your specific situation. Our team of skilled Toronto criminal defence lawyers are able to assess the details of your case, provide guidance on the best course of action, and ensure your rights are protected throughout the legal process.

We offer multiple convenient locations in Toronto, Whitby, Barrie and more to serve our clients better. To begin your initial consultation and find the right criminal lawyer, please contact us at (416) 449-1400.

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