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 offences in Western Australia are contained in the WA Criminal Code 1913. Robbery is a composite offence, meaning that it is both a violent offence and a property offence. Robbery offences are indictable offences and are finalised in the WA District Court after the matter has proceeded through a committal hearing in the Magistrates or Children’s Court.
Under Section 392 of the Criminal Code it is an offence to steal a thing and use or threaten to use violence against a person or property immediately before or at the time of stealing the thing in order to
- Obtain the thing being stolen; or
- Overcome resistance to the theft
This offence is known as robbery and is punishable by imprisonment for up to 14 years. However, if the offence occurs in circumstances of aggravation, the maximum penalty is increased to imprisonment for 20 years. If the accused has a dangerous or offensive weapon or pretends to have a dangerous or offensive weapon, the maximum penalty is imprisonment for life.
Robbery in circumstances of aggravation
The circumstances of aggravation that may apply to a robbery charge and to other associated charges are that the accused:
- Was in company with another person;
- Did bodily harm to a person;
- Threatened to kill a person;
- Threatened violence against a person who was aged 60 or older.
Assault with intent to rob
Under Section 393 it is an offence to use or threaten violence in order to obtain a thing or to prevent resistance to its being stolen. This offence is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.
Assault with intent to rob is similar to robbery but unlike a robbery, the theft is not completed.
If this offence occurs in circumstances of aggravation or if the offender has a dangerous or offensive weapon (or pretends to), the maximum penalty is 14 years imprisonment.
Where the offender is both armed with a weapon and the offence is committed in circumstances of aggravation, the maximum penalty is imprisonment for life.
Under Section 396 it is an offence to demand a thing with intent to steal the thing with the use of threats of injury or detriment if the demand is not complied with. This offence is punishable by up to three years imprisonment.
Under Section 397 it is an offence to demand a thing from a person with threats of injury or detriment if the demand is not yielded to. This offence is punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment.
Under Section 398 it is an offence for a person, with intent to extort or gain a thing from another person, to:
- Accuse or threaten to accuse the person of committing an indictable offence; or
- Threaten that a person will be accused by another person of an indictable offence; or
- Cause a person to receive a written accusation of committing an indictable offence.
If the accusation made relates to an offence that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment or if it relates to the indecent assault of a male person, a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment applies. In any other case, the maximum penalty tath applies is 14 years.
As robbery offences are very serious and carry significant penalties, it is always advisable to seek legal advice at an early opportunity if you have been charged with or are being investigated for one of these offences.
If you require legal advice or representation in a criminal law matter or in any other legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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