Robbery is defined in s. 343 of the Criminal Code, and in the simplest of terms means using or threatening violence to steal property from a person. Jail often results for a first offence even where the amount of violence is relatively minimal, and can typically range from several months to many years. The maximum possible penalty for robbery is life imprisonment. There are several circumstances where convictions carry automatic minimum jails sentences:
- where committed in conjunction with a criminal organization: 5 year minimum for a first offence, 7 years for a second conviction
- where a firearm is used: 4 year minimum.
Whenever charged with robbery you must assume that you are facing serious, even extreme consequences and legal representation is essential.