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Common Questions

I’m looking for information about a shoplifting charge

Last reviewed November 2020 by the Clicklaw Editors.

Shoplifting is taking (or trying to take) something from a store with the intention of stealing it.

Good starting points include:

  • Shoplifting, from People's Law School, describes what the charge of shoplifting is, what might happen, and what your options are.  
  • Defending Yourself: Theft Under $5,000, from the Legal Aid BC, is a guide for people who want to plead not guilty to a charge of theft under $5000. It describes what theft under $5,000 is, what the prosecutor must prove in court, how you can defend yourself, the sentence you could get if the judge finds you guilty.

Need more help?

  • Lawyer Referral Service, from Access Pro Bono, helps you connect with a lawyer for a free initial consultation of up to 30 minutes.
  • Call Legal Aid BC Call Centre to see if you qualify for a legal aid lawyer.
  • Duty counsel are lawyers who can give you free brief advice before your trial. They are available at courthouses throughout the province. Call Legal Aid BC Call Centre or your local court registry to find out about duty counsel hours in your area.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

See our related common questions:

shoplifting, charged with a crime, theft, stealing from a store, theft under $5000