Theft / Fraud / Property Offences
fraud LAWYER | CALGARY
DEFENDING fraud CASES FOR OVER SIXTEEN YEARS
FREE CONSULTATION: (403) 452-8018
Calgary criminal lawyer | David Chow.
David Chow started defending persons charged with theft, fraud, possession of stolen property and other property offences as a Law Student in 1999. He won his first trial in a shoplifting case in 2000. He then switched from defending property cases to prosecuting them when he joined the the Office of the Attorney General of Alberta in 2002. In 2005 he embarked on a his career as a full-time criminal defence lawyer and has been defending cases ever since.
A theft essentially constitutes stealing another person’s belongings. Fraud occurs whenever actions are intentionally taken to place the target’s financial interests at risk. The concept of a property is far reaching; it includes theft, fraud, possession of stolen property, mischief, break and enter, home invasion, arson and a plethora of other crimes. To prove possession of stolen property, the Crown must demonstrate knowledge, consent or control.
The sentencing regime for property offences is vast. On one end of the spectrum, low-level incidents of theft may result non-criminal type of consequences, while crimes violating the “trust” of an aggrieved party could result in substantial jail sentences. For instance, a trust theft usually entails stealing from an employer. Since employers place trust in employees and are vulnerable to them, many incidents of trust theft or trust fraud result in actual custodial sentences. Of course, the quantum of loss sustained by the aggrieved party is an important consideration.
David Chow defends theft, fraud and possession of stolen property throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. He regularly appears in Airdrie, Cochrane and Lethbridge. Call 403.452.8018 for a free telephone consultation.