Criminal Breach of Trust / Fraud

Criminal Breach of Trust Lawyer in Toronto

Criminal Breach of Trust occurs when anyone in the position of a “trustee” of anything for a beneficial use, on behalf of another person, or public or charitable organization, acts to or has intent to defraud, or use anything in trust that has not been authorized by the trust. In short, it is the abuse of trust (normally) in a public office. This can be an act or omission committed by the trustee which is in-congruent with the terms or laws set out in the trust agreement.Criminal Breach of Trust Lawyer Toronto

Criminal Breach of Trust Includes

  • Theft from an employer
  • Fraud
  • Forgery or the destruction of documents in title
  • A public servant who refuses to deliver property in trust
  • The theft or fraud of cattle or lumber
  • Theft or fraud of credit cards
  • Fraudulent use of computers

Penalties for Breach of Trust in Toronto

Anyone found guilty of Breach of Trust may be required to pay back or return what was taken, face other fines, and/or may face up to 14 years in prison. Forgery & theft can result in up to 10 years in prison.

If you are found guilty of one or more of these breach of trust offences, the sentencing often results in more serious sanctions and penalties than other fraud charges. In times past, a jail sentence would almost always be handed down in cases of breach of trust, unless extenuating or unusual circumstances existed. The danger of such harsh sentencing still exists today, even for a first time offender, especially where the economic loss was substantial.

Are You Facing Breach of Trust Charges in Toronto?

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If you’re facing breach of trust charges in Toronto, consulting with an experienced criminal defence lawyer right from our office, may be the best move you make. With the high stakes and complexity involved in these cases, you will need every edge you can get to safeguard your rights and protect your freedom. Don’t delay. The quicker you get in touch with us, the faster we will be able to prepare your case, and begin put this unfortunate situation behind you.

Our law team of Bruce Karten & Stephen Hebscher have represented many people prosecuted for criminal breach of trust. We have been able to present the human side of our clients during trial, with the outcome often being the avoidance of a prison term, and in some circumstances, the aversion of a criminal record under the Criminal Code of Canada. Our extensive experience in criminal law, having handled hundreds of cases in breaches of trust, is of great advantage to getting you the best possible outcome. See what our other clients are saying about us. We can help you too!

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