Toronto Robbery & Violent Crime Lawyer
Common Robbery & Violent Crime Charges
Allegation of a violent nature can obviously arise in a variety of situations. Common charges include:
- Threatening Death
- Assault with a Weapon
- Aggravated Assault
- Weapon Offences
Any charge that involves violence is treated seriously, particularly if a weapon or injury results. The consequence can range from a discharge, a criminal record and even jail. For certain individuals, especially persons charged for the first time, the collateral consequences of being found guilty can be worse than the sentence issued by the judge. For example, a conviction can negatively impact present or future employment and restrict your ability to travel, particularly to the United States.
Since the nature of the allegations are so different, it is essential that you meet with a representative immediately to discuss the specifics of your case. Issues that may need to be addressed include whether there are witnesses that need to be interviewed or video evidence secured before it is erased.
Richard has successfully represented individuals charged with violent offences since 2001, from first time defendants, professionals, students, and youth.
In certain circumstances, Richard can negotiate with the prosecutor for a complete withdrawal of the charges.
Winning Strategies & Defences
If the matter goes to trial, Richard has a long history of identifying winning strategies and defences, including:
- That the court cannot trust the complainant’s evidence
- Whether the Crown has established identity
- Is there evidence the item was a weapon as defined by the Criminal Code?
- That the other party was the aggressor and his client acted in self-defence
Schedule a Meeting
Richard is always available to meet with you one-on-one to review the evidence, answer your questions and identify strategies for a successful result.
Call today to schedule a no charge initial consultation.
How is Robbery Different from Theft?
The two terms are often used interchangeably, but there are some key distinctions. Theft is typically defined as taking property without the owner’s consent, while robbery is defined as taking property from someone through the use of force, the threat of force, or violence. So, in a robbery situation, the offender not only takes the property without the owner’s consent but does so in a way that puts the victim in fear for their safety.
What would Constitute Violence for a Robbery Charge?
To be charged with robbery in Canada, the accused must have used force or threats of force to take property from the victim. The use of force does not need to be severe; it can be as minimal as pushing or shoving the victim. However, if no force is used and the accused simply takes property from the victim by stealth or fraud, they would not be guilty of robbery but rather theft.
What Does a Threat of Violence Mean?
A threat of violence is a statement or action indicating that an individual intends to injure or kill another person. Many states have laws that criminalize threats of violence, and prosecutors can bring charges even if the person who made the threat never intended to act on it.
What is the Penalty for Robbery?
The punishment for robbery in Canada varies depending on the severity of the offense and whether a weapon is used. Generally, robbery is punishable by 2-3 years in prison and can be stretched to life imprisonment depending on the case. If a weapon is used during the commission of the robbery, the sentence can be increased to up to 4 years.
Can I Get a Conditional Sentence?
A person can be sentenced to probation instead of prison time if they meet certain conditions and do not pose a danger to society. For a conditional sentence to be imposed, the defendant must usually plead guilty or be found guilty at trial and request probation from the court.
How can a Conviction for Robbery Affect Me?
A conviction for robbery can have a significant impact on your life. Depending on the severity of the offense, you may be facing a lengthy prison sentence and steep fines. You will also have a criminal record, which can make it difficult to find employment and housing. In some states, a robbery conviction also carries the possibility of being placed on the sex offender registry. If you are facing charges for robbery, it is essential to seek experienced legal counsel to help you understand your options and protect your rights.
I have been Charged with Robbery, What do I do?
If you have been charged with robbery, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Robbery is a serious crime resulting in severe penalties, including imprisonment. An attorney can advise you of your rights and help protect your interests.