Break and Enter
The imposition of a life sentence for a charge of break and entering was considered in R. v. Carvery, 2013 NSSC 144, para 35:
The question for this Court is whether the protection of society requires Mr. Carvery to be supervised until the day he dies.
However, at paragraph 38, the Honourable Justice Kevin Coady notes that:
In the treatise Sentencing, Lexis Nexis 2012 (Ruby, Chan and Hasan) the authors comment on the purpose of maximum sentences at p. 31:
R. v. Shortt, 2004 BCPC 66, para 20, is a reflection of the view that the seriousness of a charge of break and enter, particularly if it is committed in a domestic residence, is reflected by the maximum penalty:
He has committed the most serious property crime there is: break and enter of a residence. That is the crime that does have as a maximum a life sentence.
Break and enter charges routinely attract month and years of imprisonment. If you have been accused of breaking and entering, you should be represented. Call us now for a free consultation.
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