There are different terms associated with trust theft; it is also known as employee theft, workplace theft, or more commonly embezzlement (for larger offences). The penalties are contingent upon the value of what was stolen and the nature of the breach of trust. It is unlikely in this situation that your former colleagues will be willing to stand-up in your defense without risking being implicated in the theft themselves. You need a trusted criminal lawyer to solidify your defense before the trial. We know the laws, and we know your rights: make them work for you.
Penalties For Trust Crimes in Saskatchewan
The criminal breach of trust is listed in the Criminal Code under section 336. The law reads, every one who, being a trustee for the use or benefit of another person, (or for a public or charitable purpose), converts, with intent to defraud and in contravention of their trust, using their privilege in a manner not authorized is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term up to 14-years.
Theft as a Breach of Trust
The punishment for theft as directed under section 334 of the Criminal Code dictates that every one who commits theft:
- Is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term up to 10-years, where the property stolen is a testamentary instrument (i.e Will) or the value of what is stolen exceeds five thousand dollars; or
- Is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term up to 2-years, or an offence punishable on summary conviction, where the value of what is stolen does not exceed five thousand dollars.
If you have been implicated or accused in a trust crime with your employer, you will need the immediate assistance of a trust crime lawyer to protect your job, and reduce the risk of incurring a criminal record for theft from a employer or embezzlement.
Our Trust Crime Lawyers Can Help
It isn’t fair that an employee is powerless to protect themselves from an employer who accuses them of company theft. Our criminal defense lawyers want to help you stand up for yourself. Tell your side of the story, contact us today.