Crimes targeting individuals, including robberies and assaults, have been steadily increasing in and around Calgary during the first part of 2018. Crimes against individuals can also include sex offences and home invasions.
Calgary police believe that more crimes against individuals are coming to light because more victims are willing to report them. Specifically, when it comes to sexual assault cases, victims are now less likely to blame themselves and far more likely to file charges. During the first part of 2018, just fewer than 300 sexual offences were reported to Calgary police. The police have also recently come up with a new practice guide for investigating sexual assaults and gathering evidence in these sensitive cases. In addition to sexual offences, the number of personal robberies reported has soared during the first part of 2018, as have home invasions. Gang activities and incidents of organized crime are also beginning to pick up steam again. Increasing numbers of Calgary police officers are now on duty. If you have been charged with committing a crime against an individual pursuant to the Criminal Code of Canada, you need to retain an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. The lawyers at Bourdon Defence can represent you while your criminal case is pending, as well as during court hearings and trials.
Calgary Robbery Charges and Convictions
A person may be charged with robbery in Calgary if the Crown prosecution satisfies several legal elements beyond a reasonable doubt. Those elements include the following:
- Taking or moving the property of another
- With the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the individual of that property
- Using force or threat of force
Robbery charges are indictable offences. As such, a conviction can land you in jail and subject you to other serious criminal penalties, including fines. You will also have a criminal record, which can significantly impact your reputation in the community.
Sexual offences in Calgary can range from sexual assaults to rape to sexual touching. Sexual offences can also involve a minor. In addition to significant fines and jail time, a Calgary sex offence conviction can result in the defendant having to register with the National Sex Offender Registry every year. Although this registry is not available for public view, the police do have access to it when they investigate other assault cases.
Call a Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyer Today to Determine Your Options
Calgary police are routinely investigating reports of crimes perpetrated on individuals, including robberies and sexual assault. If you have been charged with a serious crime, you need a good legal defence. The lawyers at Bourdon Defence may be able to help you assert just that. Our experienced legal team can also work towards a favourable plea deal with the Crown prosecutor on your behalf, or argue for a lighter penalty upon conviction, such as a term of probation. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a criminal defence lawyer in Calgary, please call us today at (403) 474-4143, or contact us online.