Robbery or Theft
Robbery and Theft are generally considered the same thing; however, they have different interpretations, meanings, and consequences under Canadian law.
In general, Theft is considered when the main component of the act is the intention. Therefore, it occurs when a person acts intending to take an object depriving the owner of the use.
When the value of the stolen items is below US $ 5000, the prosecutor who judges the offense may treat it as a summary of a prosecutable violation. However, if the stolen items were valued at more than $ 5,000, the person who committed Theft will be charged. The person committing the crime faces up to 10 years in prison.
In cases assessed as Robbery by justice, the main difference is using intimidation, force, or coercion to obtain assets. Because it is much more severe than Theft, the court will consider it a condemnable offense. In such cases, you can face a fine of up to 10 years in prison, or $ 5,000, or both.
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