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Crimes relating to robbery can lead to significant punishment, and those standing accused can often experience extreme stress and uncertainty. At JMW, our solicitors promise to offer all of the help they can to guide you through your case by liaising with the police on your behalf and providing you with representation if your case goes to court.
About Robbery Cases
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 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 indicate 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.
Why Choose JMW?
JMW offers a private client criminal law service that ensures all of our clients have access to the best possible representation and advice. 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.