Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
Robbery is a composite offence, as it is both a property offence and a violent offence. A person is guilty of robbery if they use or threaten to use violence immediately before or after stealing property. In Queensland, the offence of robbery is contained in Section 409 of the Criminal Code Act 1899. The Act also contains several other, related offences.
Proving a robbery occurred
For a person to be found guilty of robbery beyond a reasonable doubt, the prosecution must prove that they used or threatened to use violence in order to obtain property or to overcome the victim’s resistance. A person can be found guilty even if the amount of violence used was very small.
Penalty for robbery
Under section 411, robbery attracts a maximum penalty of imprisonment for 14 years. If a robbery is committed under circumstances of aggravation, greater penalties apply. The circumstances of aggravation that can apply to a robbery charge, are:
- The offender was armed (or pretended to be armed) with an offensive weapon;
- The offender was in company with one or more other persons;
- The offender used personal violence on a person or wounded a person.
What is an offensive weapon?
An offensive weapon may be a weapon, such as a knife, gun or sword. It may also be an item that is not generally used as a weapon if the item is being used as a weapon. This may be a cricket bat, stick or saucepan, for example.
Which jurisdiction applies?
Robbery offences are strict indictable offences and can only be finalised in the District Court. If an adult is charged with the offence, they must go through a committal proceeding in the Magistrates Court, before the charge is committed to the District Court. If a juvenile is charged with robbery, the matter the committal proceeding will be held in the Children’s Court.
If a person assaults a person with intent to steal and uses violence or the threat of violence to try to achieve the theft or overcome the victim’s resistance, they are guilty of attempted robbery and may be imprisoned for up to seven years. If the robbery is attempted under circumstances of aggravation, they may be imprisonment for up to 14 years. If the offender wounds a person using an offensive weapon, they are liable to imprisonment for life.
Assault with intent to steal
Under Section 413 of the Act, a person who assaults a person with intent to steal from them is liable to be imprisoned for up to three years. This is a lesser offence than robbery and applies where the robbery is attempted but not completed.
Demanding property with menaces
Another charge that is lesser and related to the charge of robbery is demanding property with menaces with intent to steal, under section 414 of the Act. If a person demands property with threats of injury or any detriment if the demand is not yielded to, they are liable to be imprisoned for a maximum of three years.
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