To avoid imprisonment, it is crucial to have a lawyer who knows how to effectively defend you against charges of property-related offences, such as stealing, robbery, or burglary. The severity of the offence and any involvement of violence may result in the court considering imprisonment.
For those accused of property-related crimes such as stealing, robbery, burglary, or receiving or possessing tainted property, it is crucial to have a competent lawyer who can defend them and keep them from facing imprisonment, especially if the charges are severe or involve violence.
In the case of first-time stealing offenses where a person has taken something worth less than $150 from a store, the police may opt to charge them with UTAG, which stands for unauthorised dealing with shop goods. For repeat offenders or more serious offenses, the charge is stealing, which carries a higher maximum penalty. Depending on the evidence the police have, other offences such as break and enter (enter premises and commit indictable offense), robbery, and burglary may also be charged.
The police often use CCTV footage, fingerprints, or DNA to track down property crime suspects. While such evidence can be challenging to dispute, skilled lawyers can identify flaws in the case against their clients. If there is no evidence, the mere fact that someone possesses stolen property does not automatically mean that they are guilty of stealing it. Each case is unique, and an experienced lawyer can help clients navigate the legal system to achieve the best possible outcome.