Property crime is as common as it ever was, from lower level thefts which the police may treat as routine, to robbery under threat of violence, which the police take very seriously. Evidence in these cases often comes down to two things – any witness who claims the theft occurred, and the property itself. Defending a case such as this where the property was recovered from the accused person is hard, but not impossible. Defending the witness testimony is often quite a bit easier, as private witnesses are often unreliable.
I defend property crime with a view to the whole case and what the Crown can and can’t prove. It’s amazing how easy it may be to lose sight of that. You can’t convict someone of robbery if they didn’t take, and didn’t even try to take, anything from the supposed victim. Sometimes charges like this are based in nothing more than confusion about what was even happening. Sometimes people become scared and their fear takes over their perception of what’s going on.
If you’ve been charged with this sort of offence, you want to be sure to get your case reviewed properly. Sometimes evidence may be over-whelming and you should consider taking the best deal available. Sometimes it may be a much, much weaker case against you. Don’t deal with it blindly. Get professional help from a lawyer who’ll look at all the evidence, and only then advise you on what you’re facing.