Being charged with robbery can be an extremely distressing and stressful experience, however with the help of a dedicated criminal lawyer you can ensure that you have the best possible defence against the charges.
Section 94 of the Crimes Act 1900 says that if you are found guilty of robbery, you could face a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.
A robbery can be described as a ‘hybrid offence’ as it contains elements of both larceny (stealing) and assault.
You will commit a robbery if you steal something that does not belong to you from another person and you also cause that person to fear unlawful personal violence – for example, threatening to punch another person and stealing their wallet.
This is different to the offence of larceny, which does not involve an assault, however the two offences often get confused.
While the maximum penalty for robbery is extremely harsh, it’s important to bear in mind that it is a maximum penalty and will therefore only apply in the most serious robbery cases.
Section 94 of the Crimes Act deals with the offence of ‘robbery’ and reads as follows:
94 Robbery or stealing from the person
robs or assaults with intent to rob any person, or
steals any chattel, money, or valuable security from the person of another,
shall, except where a greater punishment is provided by this Act, be liable to imprisonment for fourteen years.
It’s only natural to feel worried about what the future may hold when you are facing robbery charges.
However, by getting a good lawyer on your side as soon as possible, you can give yourself the best defence against the charges and potentially avoid these harsh maximum penalties.
At Sydney Criminal Lawyers®, we frequently represent clients in robbery matters. We have a proven track record of getting the best result in these types of cases – no matter how serious the charges are.
Our dedicated criminal defence team can assist you in understanding the charges and advising you of your options.
If you wish to plead ‘not guilty,’ we will seek to have the charges dropped at an early stage in the proceedings by identifying any problems with the prosecution case.
Should you need to fight the charges in court, we will present your matter in the most compelling light by obtaining all relevant evidence, as well as any witnesses that can support your case.
Alternatively, if you simply wish to accept the charges and plead ‘guilty’, rest assured that our exceptional advocates will fight hard to ensure that you get the most lenient penalty possible.
So for the best possible defence in your robbery case, get the criminal law experts on your side. Call us now on (02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first conference with one of our expert lawyers today.