As defence lawyers we know that most theft under $5000 charges are simple misunderstandings or a momentary lapse in judgement.
It is easy to understand how paying for an item can be overlooked, and we understand mistakes do happen.
Theft under $5000 charges can result in a criminal record with long term effects including:
- travel restrictions
- loss of employment
- denial of immigration &
- citizenship applications
Many employers and even volunteer organizations are requesting criminal record checks before accepting applications.