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 and Armed Robbery
A person will be found guilty of Robbery under section 75 of the Crimes Act 1958 if a person steals from another person and uses or threatens to use force either at the time or immediately before the theft.
For example, person A approaches B and says “give me your shoes or I’ll punch you” before taking B’s shoes and running away with them. In this example, A is guilty of robbery whether or not they actually used any violence on B.
The maximum penalty for robbery under section 75 of the Crimes Act 1958 is 15 years imprisonment.
The Offence of Armed Robbery
A person will be found guilty of Armed Robbery under section 75A of the Crimes Act 1958 if a person commits a robbery and at the time of that robbery has in their possession a firearm, imitation firearm, offensive weapon, explosive or imitation explosive.
In the example above, person A would be guilty of armed robbery if they were in also possession of a knife and they carried it for the purpose of the robbery, regardless of whether the knife was actually used or person B knew it existed.
Under section 75A of the Crimes Act 1958, the maximum penalty for armed robbery is 25 years imprisonment.
What the Police Must Prove
To find you guilty of Robbery, the prosecution must prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- You committed a theft
- You used force on another person or sought to induce fear of force in another person
- You did so immediately before or at the time of stealing
- You did so for the purpose of the theft.
To find you guilty of Armed Robbery, the prosecution must also prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt, in addition to the above elements for Robbery:
- You had in your possession a firearm, imitation firearm, offensive weapon, explosive or imitation explosive
- At the time of the stealing
- For the purpose of committing the robbery.
Possible Defences for Robbery & Armed Robbery
A person can defend a charge of robbery or armed robbery by arguing:;
- That they did not intend to steal;
- That they did not use or threaten or use force on the person
- That they did not take or steal anything from the person
- That the property they took belonged to them.
Which Court Will Hear Your Matter?
As Robbery and Armed Robbery are indictable offences, they will be heard in the County or Supreme Court of Victoria.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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