Theft, fraud and possession of stolen property, are all similar crimes in the eyes of the law, in that the victim has been deprived of his or her property. While theft and fraud involve the actual appropriation of another person’s property, a person charged with possession of stolen property is alleged to have come into possession of stolen goods knowing that they have been obtained by a crime, such as theft or fraud. If convicted, the penalties for all of the above-mentioned offences depend largely on the value of the property and the personal circumstances of the accused.
Are you in Possession of Stolen Property and not know it?
It is quite possible for a law-abiding citizen to innocently come into possession of stolen goods. For example, you might pay a bargain price for an item that is subsequently determined to be stolen. (Check out our blog post on Stolen Property on Kijiji and Craigslist.) Notwithstanding your innocent possession of this item, you may be the subject-matter of a police investigation. We are there to guide you through this process, which will, most assuredly, involve a lengthy police interrogation. We will prepare you for the barrage of police questioning that will ensue, and discuss with you whether you should speak to the police at all. Your meeting with us is that important first step you can take that allows us to effectively defend you against these serious allegations.
The Criminal Law Team has extensive experience in representing clients charged with possession of stolen goods / property. We are well aware of the complexities of this area of law, and the requirement for the prosecution to prove the accused knew the property was stolen. If you follow our advice to remain silent, and are made aware of the tricks the police may employ “to get you to talk”, you can come out of the interrogation without incriminating yourself. On the other hand, we may advise you to speak to the police and provide an explanation as to how you innocently came into possession of the property in question. We would only recommend this course of action after (1) we spoke with you at length to determine whether your explanation is credible and (2) we received assurances that the police were willing to keep an open mind about whether to charge you or not after hearing your explanation. This is a crucial stage of your case, and it is imperative that your decision as to whether to talk to the police or not is an informed one.
Your Best Defence is a Strong Offence
We have represented many clients who, after discussing their case with us, have made the right choice, with the end result being no charges were laid, their charges were subsequently withdrawn, or they were acquitted after trial.
The doctrine of recent possession is often used by prosecutors in their attempts to obtain a conviction for possession of stolen goods. With over 60+ years of experience as dedicated and hard-working criminal defence lawyers, we are well equipped to argue against the inappropriate use of this doctrine.
The Criminal Law Team of Bruce Karten & Stephen Hebscher understand the need for an aggressive legal defence when facing charges of possession of Stolen Property. Be proactive, and call us now for a free confidential consultation. Your best defence is a strong offence. See what our other clients are saying about us. We can help you too!
I came to Stephen Hebscher with a somewhat irregular case. Both my spouse and I had been mutually charged with domestic assault, a legal situation that neither of us had wished upon each other. While my spouse's lawyer had been content to seek mutually binding peace bonds, Stephen was able to get in front of the case and negotiate a withdrawal of both of our charges- the best possible outcome on BOTH sides of the table – once we successfully completing the PARs program. I remain entirely pleased with Stephen's competency, professionalism and accessibility, and would not hesitate to recommend him as a criminal defence lawyer. L.A.
Mr. Hebscher: I would like to thank you for your excellent representation of me in relation to the domestic assault charges that you worked so hard to have withdrawn. You have made a critical difference in my future and I am very happy with the outcome. I also appreciate your hard work, and the extra time and effort you have put in to deal with all the other issues that came along. I thank you for being a phone call away (or email) even when you did not have to be. I will gladly recommend your services to any of my friends or family should they ever need it. I am very grateful for what you have done.
I am impressed especially after our meeting on Monday – I was resigned that something bad would befall me, so I am very blessed to have this outcome. I thank you for the hard work that you have put into this case, and the dedication on getting me this fantastic outcome! I am so glad that we retained you as my lawyer! You have done an outstanding job and allowed me to now rebuild my life. Thank you, Bruce Karten.
Dave B. (Ajax, Ontario)
We were referred to Stephen Hebscher when our child was in need of legal representation. He was charged with sexual assault. As parents, we were quite frightened for our child but Mr. Hebscher was the calm voice of reason. We are very grateful to Mr. Hebscher for the excellent results he got for our child, as the charges were dropped.
J.N. (Toronto, Ontario)
Mr. Hebscher is a very professional lawyer who takes pride in his work and because of this the end result was the judge ruling me not guilty and I got my innocence and life back. My family and I would like to thank you again Stephen Hebscher for doing a wonderful job and also being a very supportive man.
Chris T. (Scarborough, Ontario)
I am happy to report that Bruce’s superior negotiation strategy and ability to present facts effectively helped convince the Crown to reduce his position. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bruce for getting my charge withdrawn and keep my criminal record clean.
J.S (Toronto, Ontario)
I looked and found Barrister Stephen Hebscher I introduced myself and my case and after listening to all details he was able to ensure me that my case would go well. All charges against me have be thrown out and my life is back to normal.
Blair H. (North York)
Bruce ...The care and concern you showed us during our dealings certainly helped to reduce the stress we were under. I would recommend you without a second thought. Your winning record is a bonus as well. My husband and myself can't thank you enough for all you've done for our family.
Debi T. (Mississauga, Ontario)
Dear Mr. Hebscher...There are not enough words to express my appreciation for your...giving me your undivided attention at all times, work in my case with your heart and soul, that makes you "ONE OF A KIND" lawyer.
Ahmed A. (Brampton, Ontario)
Mr. Bruce Karten was able to help to extricate me from a very serious criminal case containing severe charges, including weapons –threat to use weapons, death threat, harassment,etc. He succeeded in winning my case. I was discharged; was able to keep my career, and no criminal record. This was a tremendous accomplishment, and I am very appreciative of that.
Nickolai V. (Toronto, Ontario)
Again, from the depth of our hearts we sincerely thank you very much for being my Counsel on this case. We now can say you are the BEST and we will surely recommend you to our friends and anybody here we know who needs the best Lawyer in Ontario. You have done an extremely good job and we are very happy with the outcome this morning.
Roman A. (Markham, Ontario)
Mr. Hebscher was the only lawyer who gave me hope and made me feel like I had a real fighting chance. I am extremely satisfied with the quick results that he delivered, and I am happy to say that he was able to convince the court to drop the charges against me and clear my name.
Tina M. (Toronto, Ontario)