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Property Crimes

Many crimes are in relation to “property” and are called property crimes.

As a group, these “property crimes” are given their own section of the Criminal Code, namely “Part IX” which is entitled “PART IX – OFFENCES AGAINST RIGHTS OF PROPERTY”.

The most common of these property crimes are probably “theft”, “break and enter” and “mischief”.

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The major sections under Part IX are as follows:

321 – Interpretation
322 – Theft
335 – Offences Resembling Theft
343 – Robbery and Extortion
347 – Criminal Interest Rate
348 – Breaking and Entering
354 – Possession and Trafficking
361 – False Pretences
366 – Forgery and Offences Resembling Forgery

Within these sections are a number of specific and detailed subsections, each of which itemizes a particular crime.  There are different elements for each offense that have to be proven in order for a conviction to result.  Your defence lawyer will be able to help you with these.  Some of the areas these specific subsections cover are:

  • Theft
  • Theft of Oysters
  • Theft by bailee of things under seizure
  • Theft of telecommunication service
  • Theft by or from person having special property or interest
  • Theft by person required to account
  • Theft by person holding power of attorney
  • Misappropriation of money held under direction
  • Taking ore for scientific purpose
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Criminal breach of trust
  • Public servant refusing to deliver property
  • Fraudulently taking cattle or defacing brand
  • Taking possession of drift timber
  • Destroying documents of title
  • Fraudulent concealment
  • Unauthorized use of computer
  • Possession of device to obtain computer service
  • Robbery
  • Stopping mail with intent
  • Extortion
  • Breaking and Entering
  • Breaking and entering with intent
  • Aggravating circumstance: the home invasion
  • Being unlawfully in dwelling-house
  • Possession of break-in instrument
  • Possession of instruments for breaking into coin-operated or currency exchange devices
  • Tampering with a vehicle identification number
  • Possession of property obtained by crime
  • Theft from the mail
  • Bringing into Canada property obtained by crime
  • False Pretences
  • Fraudulently obtaining food, beverage or accommodation
  • Forgery and Offences Resembling Forgery
  • Obtaining anything by instrument based on forged document
  • Counterfeiting stamps
  • Damaging Documents

Edmonton Criminal Lawyer

If you have been charged with a property crime you should obtain legal advice prior to pleading guilty or taking any further steps.  Geoff Green has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer in the Alberta court system and can help you figure out what to do.

Geoff Green has been a Member of the Law Society of Alberta since 1994.


Geoff Green, Edmonton Criminal Lawyer.

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10180 101 St NW
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Edmonton, AB
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Phone: (780) 914-1836

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