When the BC prosecutor approves a shoplifting charge, you will be required to attend court and begin dealing with the charge. This is the beginning of the court process for a shoplifting charge in British Columbia. The police may require that an accused attend to a police detachment for fingerprinting.
Shoplifting is one of the less complex and more common offences in Canada. Many people with no criminal history sometimes find themselves before the court dealing with a shoplifting charge. The experience can be very stressful and difficult to navigate.
However, a criminal defence lawyer can be retained to have discussions with Crown Counsel and reduce the likelihood of charges being laid. If the charge does proceed to court, often we can ensure that the charge is withdrawn upon the completion of certain conditions, leaving you with no criminal record.
We work to reduce the stress for our clients so that they can focus on their daily lives. Whether your charges originate in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, or anywhere else in BC, we make all court appearances and deal with the day to day matters on your behalf. We know how to handle shoplifting cases to get you through the court process. Often, if we can ensure that the charge is withdrawn you will not be required to attend court at all.
Please call us to discuss your case with one of our lawyers. Our Vancouver law office number is 604-685-8889. In Richmond call 604-370-3050. Our Victoria law office number is 250-384-0100. Our Surrey Law office number is 604-593-8580.