Theft is defined generally as taking another’s property without lawful authority to do so. Depending on the monetary value of the theft, an accused may be charged with theft under $5,000 or theft over $5,000. The elements of the two offences are the same, but the punishments are drastically different. A theft conviction can result in sentences ranging from discharges to significant periods of incarceration.


Theft is a crime of dishonesty and a conviction has significant lifelong impacts on travel and employment. In order to properly defend theft charges, it is important to have a highly skilled lawyer by your side. Cory Wilson has successfully represented countless individuals charged with theft.

Alternative Measures Program

In certain circumstances, an accused person may have their theft under $5,000 charge withdrawn by entering into the Alternative Measures Program. This is a program that diverts offenders from the traditional court system. Upon completing certain conditions such as counselling or community service, the theft charge is withdrawn leaving the accused with no criminal record.

Often, the difference between entering the Alternative Measures Program or not, is having the right criminal defence lawyer. Cory Wilson works tirelessly to ensure that each client who is eligible for the program, is accepted into the program.

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Theft FAQs 

  1. What is theft? 
  2. What is the difference between theft under $5,000 and theft over $5,000? 
  3. What is shoplifting?
  4. What are defences to theft?
  5. How do I get my theft charge dropped? 

Cory Wilson is a criminal defence lawyer based in Calgary. If you have been charged with a criminal offence or are a suspect in a criminal investigation, call today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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