The crime of robbery is defined as taking or attempting to take something of value by force or threat of force or by putting the victim in fear. A range of offences are covered, from attempted robbery, street robbery, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. It is a much more serious offence than burglary by virtue of its use of violence and intimidation.
To be convicted of the offence it must be proved that the client used or threatened violence towards the victim and the client stole or attempted to steal an item or items of property from the victim. Robbery is an indictable only offence which means that it can only be dealt with in the Crown Court and usually carries a substantial sentence of imprisonment (robbery whilst in possession of a firearm attracts an automatic life sentence). In light of this it is essential to try and obtain detailed legal advice as early in the proceedings as possible.
Why use a solicitor?
- A solicitor will represent you at court.
- They will provide you with the best defence which you will not be able to provide on your own.
- If you do not instruct a solicitor, you will be the only one in court without legal experience or knowledge.
- You will jeopardise your case if you do not use a solicitor.
Why Watson Woodhouse?
- Our specialist solicitors are experts in defending criminal allegations.
- We have extensive knowledge on the defences available for assault offences
- Your best interests will be our main priority.
- We will provide you with realistic expectations on the likely outcome.