The offence of robbery is a very broad one and can encompass criminal charges laid under a number of different circumstances. 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.
Criminal Code of Canada – Definition of Robbery
The Criminal Code of Canada defines Robbery as:
- Every one commits robbery who
(a) steals, and for the purpose of extorting whatever is stolen or to prevent or overcome resistance to the stealing, uses violence or threats of violence to a person or property;
(b) steals from any person and, at the time he steals or immediately before or immediately thereafter, wounds, beats, strikes or uses any personal violence to that person;
(c) assaults any person with intent to steal from him; or
(d) steals from any person while armed with an offensive weapon or imitation thereof.
Punishment for Robbery
- (1) Every person who commits robbery is guilty of an indictable offence and liable
(a) if a restricted firearm or prohibited firearm is used in the commission of the offence or if any firearm is used in the commission of the offence and the offence is committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with, a criminal organization, to imprisonment for life and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of
(i) in the case of a first offence, five years, and
(ii) in the case of a second or subsequent offence, seven years;
Why should you hire a Vaughan Criminal Lawyer at Capulli Law?
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.
If you, a family member or loved one has been charged with robbery, you need to know your interests will be protected. You need effective and proper counsel. At Capulli Law, our Vaughan criminal lawyers have the knowledge, dedication and commitment that cases of this nature require. We can help you though these difficult times and get you the best results possible. You will be informed during every step of the way and your needs will always be put first. Call us now at (647) 504-6878 for a free consultation with one of our Vaughan criminal lawyers.