Robbery Defence Solicitors - Manchester

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.

The sooner you instruct a professional team of solicitors, the better it will be for the outcome of your case but we are happy to take on your case at any stage.


At Draycott Browne, our serious crime 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 +44 (0)161 228 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

The guidelines set out by The Sentencing Council in 2016 also make a distinction between robberies carried out using knives and firearms as opposed to other weapons.

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.

When you are facing allegations of this sort, you want to know that you have got the best legal team fighting your corner. Here at Draycott Browne, we pride ourselves on our dedication and determination to achieving the best results possible for all of our clients. If you are looking for a leading firm of solicitors who excel in their craft and have expert technical knowledge, then look no further.

We are highly regarded across the legal profession and consistently achieve excellent results for our clients. We have an incredible breadth of knowledge across all areas of criminal law that will help us to provide you with in-depth legal advice, ensure that you have a full understanding of your situation and assemble a robust defence for your case.


Arrests are rarely anticipated, which is why our legal advisors are on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to assist you at the police station whenever you need us.


Legal fees can be an unexpected cost that you may struggle to afford. By applying for legal aid, you can relieve financial stress during your case, leaving you to focus on what matters. Our solicitors will guide you through the process of applying for legal aid, ensuring you have the best possible chance of a successful application.


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 +44 (0)161 228 2244.

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