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Criminal defense: Alberta cop charged with theft times 3

An Edmonton police officer is facing three charges of theft in connection with three separate incidents. The  40-year-old officer is likely working on his criminal defense after the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) investigated him in connection with three incidents of theft under $5,000 – on Oct. 4 last year and on May 10 and Aug. 2, this year. The ASIRT claims the officer lifted cigarettes, cash and a prepaid debit card on those dates while he was on duty.

The eight-year veteran of the force, who has been suspended with pay, has also been charged with three counts of breach of trust by a public officer. He has been released on a promise to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on Sept. 13. The ASIRT is the investigative body for crimes that are alleged against police that don't involve death or serious injuries or allegations of inappropriate conduct.

The burden of proof in criminal defense cases lies with the Alberta Crown. It must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is in fact responsible for the crimes for which he has been charged. The Crown must provide the court with compelling evidence that could include witnesses, surveillance and fingerprints.

All evidence is scrutinized by an Alberta lawyer experienced in this complicated and often intimidating field of law. A lawyer seasoned in criminal defense will want to review all the evidence to prepare any challenges that may be presented in court. Charges of criminal wrong-doing are very serious, and it is essential to have savvy legal counsel to determine how evidence could influence the court in order to plan an appropriate defense against all accusations. 

Source: Edmonton - CBC News, "Edmonton police officer charged with theft in 3 separate incidents", Aug. 3, 2017

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