Robbery is the taking of property by force whereby the person releasing the property would not have done so but for the threat that they perceived.
Penalties are severe and often include imprisonment, particularly if it is armed robbery. Robbery is aggravated if it occurs in the company of another ‘offender’. It can occur with or without a weapon and there are a number of variations on the exact nature of the offence.
Bail might be a problem for a person charged with robbery. If bail is refused, you might be sitting in gaol for quite some time before your matter is dealt with – waiting for the brief of evidence to be served, or waiting for a committal hearing or trial to eventuate, or waiting for a Supreme Court bail application.
There are often problems with the prosecution case involving robbery matters. One of the common problems is that of identification – notoriously unreliable. Another problem is often the delay between the time of the alleged offence and the time of arrest. Even where DNA or fingerprint evidence is located, there can be an explanation consistent with innocence.
There is no room for error in defending a person accused of robbery – the assistance of an experienced criminal defence lawyer is required.
If you know someone charged with robbery who is in prison, we can also attend that person in gaol upon request.