According to the Theft Act 1968, robbery is the act of using force to steal. It is a serious crime with heavy legal repercussions, such as fines and imprisonment. If you or a loved one have been accused of robbery, you should seek legal advice from the very start.
At Draycott Browne, our legal advisors will guide you through your case, liaise with the police on your behalf and provide you with first-class representation should your case go to court. We have been defending our clients on robbery changes since 1998 and are highly experienced in this area, so you know you are receiving only the best legal help.
With your liberty at stake, you can only afford to hire the best legal representation possible. Get in touch with our expert team today on 0161 228 2244.
Types of robbery
Most cases of robbery fall into three categories:
- Street robbery (mugging) - items such as mobile phones and other personal belongings are typically stolen during a street robbery. This crime is often committed by low level criminals and youths.
- Small business robbery - businesses such as petrol stations are often targets for this crime. Criminals aim to steal money and goods such as cigarettes.
- Commercial robbery - commercial robbery is usually committed by organised criminals who typically target banks and security vans.
What penalties are given for robbery charges?
The penalties for robbery are dependant upon the circumstances of the crime. The crime is classified into one of three levels which indicate the seriousness of your case.
- 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
Other factors are also taken into account upon sentencing, including:
- If a disguise was used
- If the victim was vulnerable
- The number of people involved in the crime
- The value of property taken
- When the offence took place
- Your role in the robbery
Robbery cases are typically taken to Crown Court, where you will be sentenced should you be found guilty. Sentences range from heavy fines to life imprisonment, although imprisonment of four to five years is commonplace. It is therefore important to gain expert advice from legal professionals as soon as possible.
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If you or someone you know has been accused of robbery and are looking for world-class advice and representation, we can help. Our solicitors can assist you from the very start of your case at the police station, to the very end of your court proceedings. We offer services within Manchester and throughout North West England. With Draycott Browne, you will be receiving years of experience and expertise. Call our criminal law team today on 0161 228 2244.