Have you been charged with robbery? If you are found guilty of this serious and wide-ranging offence, the maximum sentence can be life imprisonment. At Lincoln Lawrence we have a team of specialist solicitors who are experienced in all cases of robbery. If you are facing a robbery charge and want expert legal advice then it is crucial that you contact Lincoln Lawrence today on 020 3917 9999, for legal assistance that can help to ensure the best possible outcome in your case.
What is robbery under UK law?
An offence under the Theft Act 1968, the criminal act of robbery means a theft using force – or a threat to use force with the intention to steal. To be successfully prosecuted as robbery, any element of force must be shown to be associated with the theft. Many offences can be classed as robbery, including:
Armed robbery is a term used to describe a robbery which involves the use of a weapon such as a firearm.
What is the maximum sentence for robbery?
The maximum sentence for robbery in the UK is life imprisonment, however the court will consider a number of options before the appropriate sentence is decided. The court will also consider whether the offender should be classified as a ‘dangerous’ person. Robbery is an indictable-only offence and as such can only be heard in the Crown Court in front of a judge and jury. If the offender is a youth, the offence can be heard in the youth court. However, if the court decides that the case is grave and serious enough then it will be sent to the Crown Court. This will only happen if the youth court perceives a real risk that a custodial sentence of youth detention longer than two years is necessary as a punishment.
What are the different levels of sentencing for armed robbery?
A Crown Court judge will use three levels of severity when deciding upon a sentence for robbery:
The court will also consider certain factors which, if present in the robbery, will increase the severity of the sentence:
Factors which reduce the severity of the offence will also be taken into consideration, including:
What should you do if you are accused of robbery?
If you are accused of robbery it is crucial that you seek urgent specialist legal advice as soon as you are able to do so. This is a complex area of the law with severe associated penalties, so expert representation is essential, particularly prior to a police interview or if the case is going to court.
For more information or to discuss an individual case with our team of specialist solicitors, please get in touch today or call us on 020 3917 9999 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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