Robbery is one of the most serious offences in the Criminal Code to be charged with, particularly when the robbery is alleged to involve a weapon, such as a firearm. Robbery is a straight indictable offence in the Criminal Code, which means that robbery always involves the right of an accused person to have a preliminary inquiry and a trial by judge and jury, if the accused person wishes to. Often robbery cases involve issues of identification and whether the right person has been arrested.
Due to the difficulty in identifying someone in a robbery, trained police officers from the Hold-Up Squad and other police divisions try very hard to get the accused to make an inculpatory or incriminating statement. Often robbery cases involve challenging the voluntariness of a statement or simply challenging the identification evidence that the Crown has presented. In cases where a person has been, or is going to be, accused of robbery it is important to maintain your silence and speak to a criminal lawyer as soon as possible.