Robbery is defined under Section 343 of the Canadian Criminal Code as a theft committed with violence or threats of violence. This distinguishes robbery from other property crimes like theft and break and enter (burglary).
Types of Robbery Charges
- Robbery: Theft that is committed using violence or threats of violence.
- Armed Robbery: Robberies committed with the use of a deadly weapon. This can include everyday objects that can cause serious harm such as a brick or baseball bat.
- Aggravated Robbery: When the accused causes non-fleeting bodily harm to the victim during the robbery.
Aggravating factors can lead to more severe charges or increased penalties. Some common aggravating factors include:
- Use of a weapon, particularly a firearm.
- Causing bodily harm or death to the victim.
- Acting as part of a group or criminal organisation.
- Prior criminal convictions, especially for similar offences.
- Targeting a vulnerable victim, such as a child or an elderly person.
Importance of Legal Representation
A skilled criminal defence lawyer is essential when facing robbery charges. They can help you navigate the complexities of the legal system, protect your rights, and develop a strong defence strategy tailored to your specific case.
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