We have found that there is particular deterrent effect caused by apprehension. Moreover, restorative justice sanctions are more effective as a deterrent against shoplifting behaviour than formal penal sanctions such as a trial and sentencing. Labeling someone a shoplifter may transform an otherwise law-abiding person into someone who views themselves as a troublemaker. For this reason as well as to protect your reputation we take all the steps necessary to ensure that you have minimal contact with court.
The Criminal Code and Crown Counsel prosecution policy allow for certain restorative justice options your lawyer may seek to resolve your case quickly. In British Columbia your lawyer may make a formal request to have your matter dealt with outside of court and before you are officially charged. When the Crown approves the Information of an Informant approving charges, your lawyer can obtain the particulars of the allegation which can assist your lawyer in advocating for a restorative justice resolution.
In British Columbia the options for restorative justice are called Alternative Measures or Diversion. If you are facing a shoplifting charge, call us and we will explain your options to you and how our criminal lawyers can help you resolve your case without ever going to court or receiving a criminal record.