s. 343 Every one commits robbery who
- 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;
- 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;
- assaults any person with intent to steal from him; or
- steals from any person while armed with an offensive weapon or imitation thereof.
Punishment for Robbery
s. 344 (1) Every person who commits robbery is guilty of an indictable offence and liable
- 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
- in the case of a first offence, five years, and
- 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
- in any other case, to imprisonment for life.
Simply put, robbery is an assault and a theft committed together as one offence. Armed robbery is the same as a robbery, except that a weapon or an imitation of a weapon (i.e. firearm, knife, or a toy gun) was used in the commission of the offence. Robbery is a serious offence in Canadian law and the punishment for robbery reflects the seriousness of the offence.
The maximum penalty for robbery is life in prison. If the robbery was committed for or on behalf of a criminal organisation, a minimum sentence of 5 years is imposed upon a finding of guilt for a first offence. In the case of a finding of guilt for armed robbery, the minimum sentence is 4 years in prison. Due to the nature and gravity of the charge, hiring a competent and knowledgeable lawyer is highly advisable. Call (647) 624-6324 to schedule your appointment and discuss your case with Ms. Gavran.