Theft / Mischief

Theft / Mischief

Theft is the act of taking one’s property, possessions or money without permission. Stealing items from a store is considered theft in Canada, for example. The value of the possessions stolen does not impact whether or not a theft charge will be filed. Under Canadian law, theft is theft regardless of the value of the possessions stolen.

Mischief is the charge given to those that are accused of damaging property or committing obstruction of justice.

Possible Charges and Maximum Sentences

  • When an individual is convicted of a criminal mischief that involves putting someone’s life in danger, the maximum sentence is life in prison.
  • When the damage of property exceeds $5,000, an individual convicted of criminal mischief may receive a sentence up to 10 years in prison.

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