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Robbery Laws in Canada

Part VIII of the Criminal Code / Against the Person and Reputation

Robbery: Using Threats or Violence to Steal Property

If you have been charged with a crime in Ottawa, you should consult with a criminal defence lawyer in your area

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Defences for Robbery

Individuals charged with robbery may face serious consequences, such as time in prison and social repercussions that can harm their relationships. An experienced defence lawyer can guide them on the best course of action based on their circumstances and the case's specific details. Common defences include lack of criminal intent, absence of force or weapon use, violation of Charter rights, questions about the accused's identity, and the possibility that the crime did not occur. A lawyer can advise on the most fitting defence and help the accused achieve the best outcome.

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Robbery in Ottawa, Ontario - Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Legal Terms

Indictable offence

Indictable offences are the most serious offences under the Criminal Code and they come with more serious punishments, up to a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Mens rea

Mens rea refers to having criminal intent, knowledge, or recklessness since the person is aware of their misconduct. The literal translation from Latin is "guilty mind." The Crown needs to show that the accused had mens rea to win a conviction. 

Reasonable doubt

The Supreme Court of Canada has said that reasonable doubt “falls much closer to absolute certainty than to proof on a balance of probabilities” and “that something less than absolute certainty is required, and that something more than probable guilt is required."

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Code Citations: s.109 , s.343 , s.491
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