Robbery in Company Offence
Robbery in company is an offence that young people, who haven’t otherwise been in much trouble before, often find themselves charged with. Whenever a young person is before the court our criminal lawyers go above and beyond to keep them out of prison. There is nothing worse than a young person being sentenced to jail.
Robbery in company can often be defended where:
- There is a dispute where there is a denial a person was present
- There are questions as to the circumstances in which the alleged victim handed over the property.
It is not enough to prove a robbery that the threat of violence is made after the property has been taken, or that the stealing occurs as a separate incident following an act of violence.
The law is extremely strict towards robbery offences. An experienced criminal lawyer is needed to beat the charge or get a lenient sentence. It can be the difference between freedom and a prison sentence.
How do I beat a charge of Robbery in company?
You will be found not guilty of the offence of Robbery in company if the police cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt:
- You with the intent to steal;
- Took property;
- From the victim’s immediate control or presence;
- By the use of violence or by putting the victim in fear; and
- You were in company.
- You assaulted the victim; and
- You intended to steal property from the victim or another person;
- By the use of violence or the putting of that person in fear; and
- You were in company.
Stealing involves you taking and carrying away property that belonged to another person with the intention to permanently deprive the owner of that property. The taking was done without the consent of the owner.
Claim of Right is a defence to a Robbery in company charge. A person will have a claim of right where they possess a genuine belief that they have a bona fide claim of right to certain money or property taken. If you believed you were entitled to take the property it does not matter that you did not believe you were entitled to take it in the manner you did. A robbery charge will fail because you cannot steal your own property.
If you agree that you have committed the offence and the police are able to prove so, it is best to plead guilty. You will normally receive a discount on your sentence, and it will demonstrate remorse and contrition. Our experienced solicitors can negotiate with prosecutors for you to plead guilty to less serious facts, or even a less serious charge.
Robbery in company carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment. This penalty is typically reserved for the worst offenders. It is an extremely serious criminal offence and if you are charged with Robbery in company you should contact our office immediately.
You can read about all the sentencing options that a court has, including having no conviction recorded.
Do I need references?
We believe references are an extremely important part of a plea of guilty in court. Read about good character references and court process here.
Why choose Australian Criminal Law Group?
Our criminal lawyers are experts at obtaining the best outcome possible for robbery offences. For these offences, a good lawyer can be the difference between a conviction and no criminal record and freedom or jail. To read more about Australian Criminal Law Group, click here.
To discuss your Robbery in company charge, call Australian Criminal Law Group at our Sydney, Parramatta, and Blacktown offices or make a website inquiry today.
Mr Correy represented an Accused person charged with Aggravated Robbery. The Accused man admitted to the police that he had both been in a fight with the victim and that he had taken the wallet. Mr Correy represented to the DPP that the fight had occurred without any intention to rob. The wallet had fallen from the victim’s pocket during the fight. Mr Correy represented that the taking of the wallet occurred following the fight and the threat of violence and taking did not coincide. The DPP agreed and laid charges of assault and steal from person resulting in the offences staying in the Local Court. The Accused person plead guilty and received section 9 bonds.
Our solicitor appeared in trial for an Accused charged with Inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and Assault with intent to rob. The prosecution witnesses were cross-examined to establish that the Accused could not be identified as having been involved in the robbery. It could not be established his role in the brawl that subsequently broke out included use or knowledge of a knife used to stab the victim. It was argued any involvement he had was in self-defence. The jury subsequently found the Accused not guilty of all charges.
Australian Criminal Law Group represented a person charged with robbery in company inflicting grievous bodily harm. This carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment. Mr Correy negotiated for the charge to be withdrawn and for his client to plead guilty to an alternative charge of affray. The Magistrate sentenced our client without recording a conviction.
Australian Criminal Law Group represented a person charged with robbery in company inflicting grievous bodily harm and intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm. Both offences carry a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment. The person had a substantial criminal record and was facing many years in jail if sentenced for those charges. The Crown prosecutor was convinced to accept a plea of guilty to recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm and the client received a 2-year sentence with a 12-month non-parole period.