In Alberta, employee theft is a more serious crime than shoplifting. Similar to other forms of theft, conviction for employment theft carries significant time in prison, large fines and a criminal record. Yet, it does more than that: it also puts your future employability on the line. Not only will you lose your job if convicted, but other employers may avoid hiring you because of your criminal record and the breach of trust it implies.
No matter how much you are accused of stealing, it is imperative that you take your employee theft charges seriously by working with an experienced criminal defence lawyer.
I handle all employee theft cases, whether they are charged as theft, fraud or possession of stolen property. Employee theft cases often involve:
Crown attorneys often elect to indict defendants accused of employee theft (such as theft under $5,000) because they consider these cases to be more serious than other theft offences. A breach of the trust between an employee and an employer is, in their minds, more severe than shoplifting and other forms of third-party theft.
In addition to employability challenges, you could also face longer prison sentences than normal theft cases, difficulty travelling and, if you are not a Canadian citizen, revocation of your work permit or permanent residence.
When you are up against significant pressure from the Crown, it is vital to have an experienced defence lawyer on your side. If you or a family member faces employment theft or employment fraud charges, contact my office in Calgary at 403-800-0701 or toll free at 800-678-6941.