Robbery Charges

Robbery is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada, and is viewed by the courts as one of the most serious violent crime offences.  The charge is commonly laid as a standalone offence but may also accompany theft and theft-related or weapons charges.

Our Vancouver based law firm defends Robbery and other violent offences and prides itself on its excellent track record with Criminal Code charges in Canada, helping hundreds of first-time defendants, professionals, students, and families work their way through the justice system.  We are available for free consultations 24 hours a day for clients with cases in Vancouver, SurreyRichmondAbbotsford and throughout British Columbia.

What is the maximum possible penalty for Robbery in British Columbia?

In certain situations and depending on the type of weapon used during the Robbery, the Criminal Code of Canada has a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment.  There are a number of additional sentencing options available for Robbery charges, depending on the nature and circumstance of the offence.  Generally, you can read about other sentences in Canada [here].

Will the Police drop the Robbery charges if I return the money or property?

Given the serious nature of these offences, it is not uncommon for Robbery charges to be screened by prosecutors for a period of jail or prison, depending on the accused’s prior history and the events relating to the charge.  Negotiating with the police is something that will rarely, if ever, work out favourably with an person charged or under investigation.  Negotiating with the Crown attorney is the job of a lawyer.  Obtaining the best possible outcome for your Robbery charge in British Columbia, and what specifically that outcome may be, can be discussed during your free initial consultation at our downtown Vancouver office.

How seriously is Robbery treated in the Criminal Code of Canada?

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, Section 344. (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;

(a.1) in any other case where a firearm is used in the commission of the offence, to imprisonment for life and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of four years; and

(b) in any other case, to imprisonment for life.