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Robbery Defence Solicitors
If you require legal advice and support relating to a robbery accusation, our expert criminal defence solicitors are here to help you. Crimes relating to robbery can lead to significant punishment, and those standing accused can often experience extreme stress and uncertainty.
At JMW, our solicitors are ranked as a top tier crime firm by the Legal 500, as well as Chambers and Partners. Our highly skilled criminal defence solicitors promise to offer all of the help they can to guide you through your case while protecting you and your reputation. Our extensive legal services mean we are able to liaise with the police and the prosecution authorities on your behalf and provide you with representation if your case goes to court.
How JMW Can Help
JMW offers a private client criminal law service that ensures all of our clients have access to the best possible representation and advice regarding a robbery case. Our reliable legal specialists understand the stresses involved in being accused of a serious crime, and a defence team’s expertise can very often be the difference between conviction and acquittal.
Our dedicated and reliable legal experts are experienced in assisting individuals that have faced any form of dishonesty offence such as robbery. We are able to assist you by providing clear advice, as well as full legal representation at the police station and Magistrates and Crown Court.
We are committed to providing the highest level of defence to all of our clients and are happy to answer any questions you may have around robbery cases in particular.
It is also important that you get in touch with a solicitor as soon as you have been accused of a robbery.
FAQs About Robbery Defence
What are the different types of robbery?
Robbery is defined as the act of unlawfully taking possessions from another person while placing that individual in a state of fear by using violence. Those convicted of such actions can expect to receive significant punishment, possibly even a prison term. Cases involving theft can easily turn into robbery offences, and defences are not always obvious.
Most cases of robbery fall into the following categories:
- Street robbery and muggings - where personal items including mobile phones are typically stolen. This is often carried out by low-level criminals
- Commercial robbery - usually committed by organised criminals with a predetermined target, including banks and security vans
- Small business robbery - where criminals aim to steal money and goods from small businesses, such as petrol stations
What is the difference between a robbery and a burglary?
Burglary occurs when someone intentionally enters somewhere without permission with the intent to steal, whereas robbery is where someone takes property from the person or in presence of the person while threatening to use, or using force/violence.
What penalties are given for robbery?
Unlike many other ‘dishonesty offences’, robbery is an indictable-only offence, which means it will always go directly to Crown Court to be heard in front of a judge and jury. One exception to this rule would be if the accused is a young person, in which case it is likely to be dealt with in the Youth Court.
The maximum sentence for robbery is life imprisonment. However, there are a range of options and guidelines that will be examined by the court before deciding on the appropriate punishment.
Penalties for robbery depend upon the circumstances of the crime. The crime will be classified into one of three levels, which indicates the seriousness of the case. These have been outlined below:
- Level 1: Robbery using minimal force
- Level 2: Robbery using a weapon
- Level 3: Robbery using a weapon, a lot of force and/or causing serious injury
Some other factors are also taken into account when sentencing is given, including:
- Whether a disguise was used
- The number of people involved in the crime
- Your role in the robbery
- The date the event took place
- If the subject of the robbery was vulnerable
- The value of the property taken
Sentences can range from substantial fines to life imprisonment, although imprisonment of between four and five years is commonplace. It is essential that you seek advice from an experienced solicitor as soon as possible if you have been accused of robbery.