With legal charges related to theft, it can be difficult to grasp what certain charges mean and how they are different from one another. For instance, if you or someone you know has been accused of theft, the charge could be larceny, or it could be robbery. What is the difference between these two charges and what should you know before you try to find a robbery or larceny lawyer?
The Basics of Larceny and Robbery
In most cases, Sydney robbery lawyers will also be willing to take on larceny cases and vice versa. Still, knowing more about what distinguishes these crimes from one another will help you understand the charges you face and give you a better chance at a strong defence.
If you have been charged with larceny, the accusations against you pertain exclusively to theft. Larceny is the unauthorised taking of another person’s property (e.g. stealing) with the intention of permanently depriving that person of their assets. For example, if a contractor working in another person’s home were to pocket an expensive piece of jewellery with plans to sell it at a pawn shop, he or she would likely be charged with larceny. The case would hinge upon the theft of the object and the defendant’s intention to permanently deprive the owner of their property.
If you have been charged with robbery, you are facing a more severe criminal conviction. Robbery cases usually have two facets that are punishable by law. The first facet is the taking of another person’s property without consent or intention to return it later. The second is the use of force to take the property. Someone who robs a convenience store at gunpoint would be charged with robbery instead of larceny.
Engaging a Larceny Lawyer or Robbery Lawyer in Sydney
Hiring a qualified lawyer is paramount when you are facing any theft charge. However, if you have been accused of robbery, it is especially vital to hire an experienced robbery lawyer in Sydney. The standard sentence for larceny in Australia is five years in prison. The standard sentence for robbery is 14 years in prison, nearly three times as long.
A skilled robbery lawyer will review your case and search for areas where he or she can raise reasonable doubt. For instance, can the prosecution prove beyond a doubt that you were the one who used force to steal the property of another? Were you under duress when you committed the crime? Or was there some justification for the incident?
At Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers, these are just a few of the questions we will ask when we take on your case. As your Sydney robbery lawyers, we will work with you to conduct a comprehensive analysis of your case. From there, we will keep you involved throughout the legal process as we prepare your defence. Our goal is to get you an acquittal or reduced sentence.
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