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The offence of robbery is a very broad one and can encompass criminal charges laid under a number of different circumstances.
What You Need To Know:
The simple definition of robbery is that it involves stealing with the use of violence or threats of violence, either before or after the stealing occurred, or an assault with an intention to steal, or steals while armed with a real or imitation offensive weapon. This differs from theft which is an offence that does not involve the use of violence.
Robbery cases are complex and their hundreds of variables, do not assume that you do not have a defence.
Robbery may cover a range of different circumstances such as taking a small amount of change from an individual by threat or a bank robbery. The charge however is a straight indictable offence.
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Sentencing for various types of robbery will vary based on the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of both the offence and the offender and could range from an absolute or conditional discharge to a substantial term in the penitentiary. The offence carries a maximum term of life imprisonment. In cases where a firearm is used in the commission of the robbery, there is a mandatory minimum punishment of four years in the penitentiary.
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Robbery vs. Theft
The difference is in the use of violence or threat of violence. Generally speaking a robbery will occur when an item is taken directly from someone’s person.
Robbery is defined in s. 343 of the Criminal Code. it involves stealing an item and, in committing the theft or while overcoming resistance, using violence or threats of violence or being in possession or an offensive weapon or an imitation, or committing an assault with the intent to steal.
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Just because you’ve been charged with a Robbery, that doesn’t mean you’ll be convicted. A lot Robbery charges that go to court in Canada go unproven when individuals have proper legal representation.
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