what are the consequences for a first time adult shoplifter caught on surveillance camera in a Canadian grocery store for goods under 60.00
State/Country relating to question: Canada
It depends; you could end up with a criminal record or probation.
If you are lucky the Crown will agree to diversion.
Diversion allows you to make amends for your error by completing community service or donating to charity, etc.; upon completion of what you are asked, the Crown would stay or withdraw your charges
You should speak with duty counsel and apply for diversion on your first appearance. Better yet, hire a lawyer and have him or her assist you with the diversion process.
Keep in mind, you cannot force the Crown to agree to diversion.
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