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Robbery is effectively a theft that involves a degree of violence.  The degree of violence need not be excessive to constitute a robbery. For example, if a person utters a threat and steals somebody’s belongings, that is a robbery.  Compelling a person to surrender his or her belongings while brandishing a weapon could constitute robbery.

Robbery can occur in a variety of contexts, including: street muggings, convenience store robberies and bank robberies.  The context of the robbery determines the consequence if convicted. For example, the Alberta Court of Appeal has established a 3 year starting point jail sentence for convenience store robberies. Bank robberies generally command 4 years or more.  Sentencing for street mugging robberies varies greatly depending upon the circumstances.  Any robbery involving a weapon, and in particular a firearm, will attract sterner sentences.

The facts that might support a robbery are many and as such, it is important that you retain a Calgary criminal lawyer who is experienced in defending robbery cases.  David Chow defends robbery cases in Calgary, Cochrane, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and throughout Alberta. Call 403.452.8018.

Recent Case Results

R. v. S.L.

June 6, 2011

(Calgary, P.C.)  Client was charged with a serious home invasion robbery in Calgary. Due to problems exposed through cross-examination at a preliminary inquiry, all charges were withdrawn on the day of trial. Home invasion is a very serious offence that if convicted, starts sentencing considerations at 8 years in jail. What distinguishes "home invasion" from an ordinary break and enter is that the former is essentially a break and enter with violence. The Alberta Court of Appeal has taken a dim view of home invasions, characterizing them as a kind of terrorist act against persons who need to feel safe within their own home sanctuary. David Chow is a criminal lawyer in Calgary who has successfully defended many serious home invasion cases. With the jeopardy on conviction being so perilous, it is important to retain a proven home invasion lawyer. If you need to defend a home invasion case, call Alberta criminal lawyer, David Chow, for a free telephone consultation.

R. v. C.E. et al

June 22, 2010

(Alta. Q.B.).  C.E. was charged with break and enter with intent to commit robbery (home invasion) and theft.  After a week of trial before a Court of Queen’s Bench Justice, C.E. was acquitted of all charges.  David Chow is a full service Alberta criminal defence lawyer who appears in Courts across the province. David has also successfully defended cases in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Territories. Home invasion is a very serious offence. The starting point for a home invasion robbery is 8 years in prison. If you have been charged with home invasion in Calgary, Alberta or anywhere else, the stakes are high; for you could be facing substantial jail time. David Chow is a Calgary break and enter/home invasion lawyer who is experienced at defending against cases involving fingerprints and dubious eyewitness identification evidence. Act responsibly in your hunt for an Alberta criminal lawyer, by consulting with various Calgary criminal lawyers who might be able to help you. David Chow is confident that he will be your criminal defence lawyer of choice. Call for a free telephone consultation. 

R. v. L.B.

June 15, 2010

(Lethbridge, A.C.A. -- Robbery).  LB was convicted at trial for robbing a convenience store. He hired David Chow to appeal the case. The issue on appeal was "identification". At trial, LB's Lethbridge criminal lawyer argued that the Crown failed to prove identification beyond a reasonable doubt. She further argued that the Crown's essential witness was drug addled and thus her identification both lacked credibility and reliability.  At the conclusion of the trial the Alberta QB Justice rendered a highly problematic decision, to include a misapplication of the law relating to identification evidence (as set out in cases such as R. v. Atfield and R. v. Hibbert) that since witnesses are often seemingly honest and certain, yet wrong, the same principle applied in circumstances where the Crown's identification evidence was mirky.  Quite frankly, the trial judge's logic was quite shocking. LB's defence lawyer was not surprisingly extremely distraught over the verdict. On appeal, David Chow secured a proper 3-0 decision granting the appeal and ordering a new trial. LB then hired David Chow as trial counsel. After communicating with the Crown, the prosecution was stayed. LB is an example of a clear wrongful conviction, followed by serious consequences for the wrongly convicted accused, to include a relatively length incarceration while he awaited bail pending appeal. If you have been charged with robbery, David Chow is a criminal lawyer in Alberta who has successfully defended these types of cases. Don't trust a website. Be duly diligent. In David Chow's opinion, some lawyers are falsely advertising their experience and success. Call for a free consultation.