- Break & Enter
Theft is classified as a property offence and falls into two categories: Theft Under $5000 and Theft Over $5000. A conviction for Theft Under $5000 carries a sentence of up to two years in prison. For Theft Over $5000, the potential sentence is up to ten years incarceration. Aside from jail time, a conviction for theft can have profound effects on your life, especially on your future employment prospects.
Break & Enter
Break & Enter charges relate to residential homes or commercial places of business. The offence involves the accused entering into a place with the intention of committing an indictable offence.
In spite of what the name suggests, one need not actually “break” or force entry to be charged with this criminal offence. It is simply enough to enter through an open door, to constitute a “Break and Enter.” Moreover, a conviction is not contingent upon any damage to the property entered.
Robbery is deemed a violent offence, and because of this, the Crown will often seek your detention pending trial if you are facing a robbery allegation. The Crown may also seek a jail sentence.
Whenever force, or the threat of force occurs in conjunction with taking property or attempting to take property from another person, a charge of Robbery may be laid.