i just stole about maybe 200 from a depeartment store
They said ill get a noticed in the mail with my fine, will I know have a crimanl recorded?
Whats going to happen ?
Im scared that I will ill have to go to court and my father will no of this, he's a very strict man with my money.
Does anyone have any suggestions or someone that can talk me thought this please
I live in toronto, ontario
I work at the airport will I be denayed access to the airport come renewl time for my pass..someone please help?
The notice you will get (I believe) is a notice from the Court, scheduling your appearance. There is a possibility it will be from the store, demanding that you pay them a sum of money for their time and effort even if the merchandise was returned to them. I believe it will come from the Court, though.
Yes, you will have a criminal record BUT there is a possibility you could get into the diversion program. I'm going to post something I wrote about Canadian diversion
As far as the airport - if you have some sort of clearance, yes, a criminal charge could cause you to lose your job. It could also keep you from traveling to the US.
Ontario diversion program guidelines vary from region to region, courthouse to Courthouse. Eligibility for such a program is ALWAYS determined by the Crown Attorneys office. There are no exceptions. You are not required to have legal counsel in order to apply.
If the offense - theft - is not major (property was recovered, not a large amount, not a repeat offender) the Crown Attorney MAY approve eligibility into the diversion program prior to the Court appearance. If there are prior dealings with the Police - and charges do not have to be placed, any prior dealings of a negative nature - the person will most likely not be eligible for the diversion program.
As part of the diversion program the eligible person will have to agree to complete certain tasks or obligations - perhaps watch a video, make a donation or volunteer time to a not-for-profit, write a paper on the crime.
When the tasks/obligations have been competed to the satisfaction of the Crowns Attorney he/she will recommend to the Judge that the criminal charge (usually, theft) be withdrawn.
Each courthouse in Ontario has a different diversion program and eligibility requirements differ from region to region. Eligibility for the diversion program is always determined by the Crown Attorney's office. If they deem a theft offence to be of a minor nature (usually a small quantity of merchandise was taken and the property was recovered), the Crown may pre-approve eligibility into the diversion program. A person will not generally be eligible for diversion if they have had prior dealings with the police (even if it did not result in a criminal charge being laid). Once in the diversion program, the eligible candidate may be asked to complete one of a number of different tasks. In some jurisdictions, a person charged with theft may be required to watch a video on shoplifting. In other jurisdictions they may be required to make a donation to charity or complete a minimum number of community service hours - or both. Regardless of the requirements, the end result is usually the same. Once the diversion program has been completed to the satisfaction of the Crown Attorney, the Crown will recommend to the court that the criminal charge of theft be withdrawn against the accused person. This will result in the accused person maintaining a clean record (assuming they didn't have a prior criminal record).
If a person is not pre-screened as eligible for the diversion program, a lawyer may be able to convince a Crown Attorney to reconsider their decision.