Property offences are generally related to crimes of theft, fraud or possession of stolen property, although there are at least 18 different charges that may be applied depending on the circumstances. Property offences are some of the most common criminal charges, but they are all serious and anyone charged with a crime should immediately seek legal advice.
The penalties for property offences vary as widely as the charges, and can result in maximum sentences of anywhere from 2 years in prison to life in prison.
Theft, fraud and possession of stolen property under $5,000 all have maximum sentences of 2 years in prison, but the charges and penalties grow more serious if the value of the property in question exceeds $5,000, up to and including 10 years in prison.
Extremely serious charges such as robbery and extortion can result in sentences of life in prison, regardless of whether or not they were committed with a firearm. If a firearm was used in the commission of either crime, a mandatory minimum sentence of 4 years in prison will be applied if you are found guilty.
In all cases, a conviction will result in a permanent criminal record which can seriously impede your life even after any prison time has been served. If you have been charged with any property offences, call John immediately at 416.361.9609 to discuss the details of your case and your best defence strategies.
This article is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended as legal advice.