Section 97 Crimes Act 1900 | Robbery in Company


Being charged with a robbery offence can be upsetting and stressful for you and your loved ones, but by taking positive steps to understand the charges, you can ensure that you get the best possible result in your case.

Section 97 of the Crimes Act deals with the offence of ‘robbery in company.’ It says that if you are ‘in company’ and you use an offensive weapon to steal (or attempt to steal) from another person, you could face a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.

‘In company’ means that you had someone else with you who helped you commit the offence.

Section 97 also says that you could face a harsher maximum penalty if you rob somebody in company with a ‘dangerous weapon.’

A ‘dangerous weapon’ is a firearm, spear gun, or prohibited weapon.

In these cases, the maximum penalty is 25 years imprisonment.

Although the maximum penalty for ‘robbery in company’ is harsh, you can give yourself the best chance at avoiding these heavy penalties by getting an experienced criminal lawyer on your side.

You can read more about robbery offences here.

The Legislation

Section 97 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with ‘robbery in company’ and reads as follows:

97 Robbery etc or stopping a mail, being armed or in company

(1) Whosoever, being armed with an offensive weapon, or instrument, or being in company with another person,
robs, or assaults with intent to rob, any person, or

stops any mail, or vehicle, railway train, or person conveying a mail, with intent to rob, or search the same,

shall be liable to imprisonment for twenty years.

(2) Aggravated offence A person is guilty of an offence under this subsection if the person commits an offence under subsection (1) when armed with a dangerous weapon. A person convicted of an offence under this subsection is liable to imprisonment for 25 years.

(3) Alternative verdict If on the trial of a person for an offence under subsection (2) the jury is not satisfied that the accused is guilty of the offence charged, but is satisfied on the evidence that the accused is guilty of an offence under subsection (1), it may find the accused not guilty of the offence charged but guilty of the latter offence, and the accused is liable to punishment accordingly.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers, we deal exclusively in criminal law. Our unparalleled knowledge of this complex area of law sets us apart from other general law firms, who do not have the same level of skill and experience as our skilled advocates.

We appear regularly in serious robbery matters, including ‘robbery in company’ cases. Our proven track record of obtaining outstanding results in these complex cases means that you can rest assured that you will get the best possible representation in your case.

In many robbery cases, our lawyers have been able to have the charges dropped by finding problems with the prosecution case and raising these issues at an early stage.

Alternatively, when matters proceed to court, our legal experts fight hard to secure a verdict of ‘not guilty’ by presenting all available evidence in a compelling manner.

Even if you simply wish to plead guilty, it’s important to ensure that your matter is in the hands of a capable lawyer, as the quality of your legal representation can be the difference between a harsh penalty and a lenient penalty.

Our expert lawyers have helped hundreds of clients avoid harsh penalties by persuading the court to impose a more lenient penalty.

To find out how we can help you get the best outcome in your ‘robbery in company’ case, call us now on our 24 hour hotline, (02) 9261 8881 and arrange your FREE first conference.