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Arrested for Robbery or Armed Robbery?

A person is guilty of robbery if he steals and immediately before or during he uses force or threatens to use force. Robbery can include the use of a weapon to threaten a victim. Robbery generally falls into three categories. * Street Robbery or Mugging is a low level type of crime, often committed by youths or people with drug dependencies. Money or other valuables such as a mobile phone are often demanded. * Robberies of small businesses. These may involve one or two people, and might include a petrol station etc. * Commercial robberies. These robberies vary from a security van robbery type offence, to well prepared and professional bank robberies committed by intelligent and experienced organised criminals. Sentencing for Robbery Obviously, armed robbery (i.e. with a weapon) tends to attract a more serious penalty than robbery with no weapon, but in fact judges use 3 levels of seriousness when deciding how to sentence. “Level 1” seriousness is for a robbery with minimal force. “Level 2” seriousness involves the use of a weapon. “Level 3” Seriousness involves use of a weapon and a lot of force or serious injury. Certain factors will increase the level of seriousness for the defendant. These include: * A vulnerable victim. * A large number of people involved in the offence. * Being a leader in the robbery. * A high value of items taken. * An offence at night. * Offenders wearing a disguise. Other factors that often decrease the level of seriousness and therefore the sentence include: * The offence being unplanned/opportunistic.


* The defendant having only minor involvement in the offence. * Voluntary return of property that was taken. The Law on Robbery This offence is governed by the Theft Act 1968. This offence must be heard at a Crown Court before a judge and jury. The first hearing is at the Magistrates Court, before the case is sent directly to the Crown Court. On conviction, this offence carries a maximum of life imprisonment, and sentences starting at 4 -5 years are common.


Arrested for Robbery or Armed Robbery?  

A person is guilty of robbery if he steals and immediately before or during he uses force or threatens to use force. Robbery can include the...

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