Lawtons Solicitors offers a highly trained, professional team of solicitors with a wealth of experience in dealing with all cases relating to robbery.

Due to the complexity of the category and the severe penalties associated with it, if you are suspected of robbery, we would strongly advise you to seek specialist legal representation, especially prior to police interview or if facing prosecution.


Robbery & The Law

Robbery is when a theft takes place and there is use of force, or a threat to use force with the intention to steal something from someone. The force must be shown to be associated with the theft to result in a robbery case.


There are a number of scenarios that can be classified as robbery.  These include (but are not exclusive to):

  • Street robbery and muggings
  • Commercial robberies
  • Taking a vehicle without consent, where a threat is used to ensure that the vehicle is taken (car jacking)
  • Bank robberies
  • Robbery of small businesses


Unlike other ‘dishonesty offences’, robbery is an indictable only offence, which means it will always go straight to Crown Court to be heard in front of a jury and judge.  The only exception to this would be if the accused is a youth in which case it may be dealt with in the Youth Court. The maximum sentence for robbery is life imprisonment but there are a range of options and guidelines that the Court looks at before deciding on the appropriate punishment.


Accused of Robbery?

When assessing a robbery case there are many factors that will be taken into consideration, including the amount of force used and the value of the theft.  It is likely that the extent of violence and whether weapons were used or threatened will significantly influence the sentence.

With this in mind, legal representation right from the outset will help you work through the detail of your individual case and provide peace of mind that no stone has been unturned to establishing all the circumstances.


Contact Us

For more information about robbery and sentences,  please call us on 0333 202 0972 or email


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