Armed Robbery Defence Lawyer - Defending Allegations of Armed Robbery Offences
The offence of armed robbery is extremely serious, and if charged and found guilty, it comes with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Because of this, it is absolutely essential that if you or someone you know is arrested or facing charges of armed robbery that you get the best legal representation available to you. The right solicitor with in-depth knowledge and experience of defending armed robbery charges will ensure that everything is done to get you the best possible outcome available in the circumstances.
At Draycott Browne, our armed robbery solicitors have extensive experience of defending clients against charges such as these. We will robustly represent your legal rights, doing everything that we can to avoid charges being made. Where this is not possible, we will be with you from the initial police interview right through to representing you in court if necessary.
If you are arrested for an armed robbery offence, we advise seeking legal representation before speaking to the police. Contact us immediately for a free initial consultation – we understand that an arrest can occur unexpectedly at any hour of the day or night, and we are always available to offer urgent advice and representation.
What is armed robbery?
Armed robbery is not a specific offence – it is more likely to be that a theft-related offence is committed, such as robbery or burglary, but when a weapon (real or imitation) is used, the perpetrator is likely to then be charged with further offences, such as:
- possession of a firearm
- possession of an offensive weapon
- possession of a firearm or imitation with intent to cause fear of violence
- possession of a firearm or ammunition with intent to endanger life
- being in possession of a firearm or imitation when entering a building or part of a building as a trespasser without reasonable excuse.
If you commit any of these offences you may end up facing charges under a number of Acts, such as the Firearms Act 1968, Serious Crime Act 2007, or the Theft Act 1968. Other offences may include:
- threatening with an offensive weapon, or threatening behaviour in a public place
- aggravated burglary
- actual bodily harm (ABH)
- grievous bodily harm (GBH)
For example, the offence of robbery is committed when a person steals, whilst also using force, or giving reason to fear they might use force. A burglary occurs when a person trespasses into a building or part of a building to steal. These are two separate offences, but if either occurs and the person is in possession of a weapon at the time, the offence is taken much more seriously - and also punished more harshly.
What happens in an armed robbery investigation?
You may not be aware that you are being investigated for armed robbery until the police arrest you. When this happens, it is vital to take advice immediately - in the face of such serious allegations you need a competent and experienced solicitor by your side to ensure that your rights are upheld from the moment you are taken into custody.
An investigation into allegations of armed robbery can take time, and you will most likely be kept in custody whilst this takes place. The police may search for evidence in your home, place of work or vehicle, and will take your mobile phone or computer to search for any incriminating communication between you and any other person involved. There may be DNA evidence to process, either from the scene of the crime, or fingerprints from a weapon used, or footage from CCTV, alongside the identification of witnesses and their testimonies. The process of gathering and analysing evidence can be complicated and extensive – a good solicitor will gather the information to support your cause and will keep you informed throughout.
When the investigation is complete, the police will present their evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service, who will decide whether they feel that there is sufficient chance of securing a conviction, and ultimately whether or not you are charged. If they believe that they have enough evidence against you, a date will be set for your trial and your solicitor will represent and advise you throughout.
What happens if you are found guilty of armed robbery?
Owing to the extremely serious nature of the charges, if found guilty it will almost certainly mean a custodial sentence.
The sentence given by the court will depend on the specific charges against you, the extent of your involvement, and any aggravating or mitigating factors. A judge will consider the severity of the crime, evidence of your character or prior history, whether you are of good standing in the community and whether your sentencing will adversely impact anyone who depends upon you, such as a child or elderly relative.
Your solicitor will look for guidance from other, similar cases to determine what sort of a sentence might be given and will also consider the sentencing guidelines in order to persuade the judge to give you the most lenient sentence possible. Other factors that may influence the outcome include the nature of the judge, the prosecution, and any media or public attention.
Depending on each of these factors, you could face a period of imprisonment from four years, potentially up to life imprisonment.
You will also have a criminal record for the rest of your life, which can be extremely restrictive and may exclude you from certain activities and will no doubt impact any future employment opportunities.
The courts take offences of armed robbery extremely seriously, and it is crucial that you receive advice and representation from a solicitor with a proven track record of building extremely robust defence cases.
WHY CHOOSE DRAYCOTT BROWNE?
At Draycott Browne we have a formidable reputation for the calibre of our people and our tenacity when it comes to building a solid defence case. Our team of expert solicitors have extensive experience of the charges that make up the crime of armed robbery – we will consider every relevant fact and piece of evidence in the case in order to mitigate your case as effectively as possible. We will look for any flaws in the evidence against you, or errors made by the police or prosecution, and where possible we will use this to have more serious charges seriously reconsidered or even dropped.
Whether you have been falsely accused, or had some level of involvement in the events that took place – whatever the nature or severity of the charges, when you choose Draycott Browne to defend you, you have access to some of the most knowledgeable experts in this area of the law, and can trust them to make the best choices available to you.
If you need urgent advice or immediate representation, or to speak to us in confidence to do with allegations of armed robbery, please get in touch for a free initial consultation with one of our team. We are available 24-7 and will discuss your options and best course of action, without obligation.
Contact the Armed Robbery Defence Solicitors at Draycott Browne Today
If you or a loved one has been arrested for armed robbery, it is essential that you engage the expertise of professional solicitors who will be able to help and advise you on a defence strategy as soon as possible.
By entrusting your case to us, you can be assured that you will have a team of highly experienced and tenacious legal specialists who have a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of this area of law.
As one of the UK's leading Criminal Defence Law Firms, we are highly regarded nationally across the legal profession and noted for consistently delivering positive results for our clients.
Our expert Armed Robbery Defence Solicitors regularly act for clients in Manchester, Preston, Blackpool, Liverpool, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, and London. As recognised Criminal Lawyers we can represent you wherever you live in England and Wales.
Our legal team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or somebody you know has been arrested and needs expert legal representation, contact Draycott Browne today.