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Armed Robbery (offensive weapon)


Section 97(1) of the Crimes Act 1900

Brief description:

Whosoever, being armed with an offensive weapon, or instrument, robs, or assaults with intent to rob, any person is guilty of this offence.

Maximum penalty:

District Court: 20 years Imprisonment


Armed Robbery (dangerous weapon)


Section 97(2) of the Crimes Act 1900

Brief description: 

Whosoever, being armed with an dangerous, robs, or assaults with intent to rob, any person is guilty of this offence.

Maximum penalty:

District Court: 25 years Imprisonment


Robbery includes the elements of larceny (stealing) and assault. The law says that there must be an unlawful taking and carrying away of property with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of it. The property must be taken without the consent of the owner and it must be taken by actual violence or by putting the owner in fear of actual violence.

Offensive weapon or instrument’ is defined as anything that is used, intended to be used or threatened to be used for offensive purposes such as a knife, baseball bat, screwdriver or a metal pole. It also includes a dangerous weapon because the definition of offensive weapon or instrument is wide enough to cover guns, knives, screwdrivers, and blood filled syringes.

‘Dangerous weapon’ is defined to mean a firearm, a prohibited weapon under the Prohibited Weapons Act, or a spear gun (see section 4 of the Crimes Act). Replica firearms are included in the definition of prohibited weapons (see Schedule 1 to the Weapons Prohibition Act).


  • A male enters a petrol station and threatens the attendant with a knife or a pistol and takes the money from the till
  • A person may use a metal pole to hit another and take his mobile phone

Your options (strictly indictable matters):

  1. Plead not guilty and defend the charge at trial

    This charge is a ‘strictly indictable charge’ which means it can only be finalised in the District Court. At the initial stage, your matter will proceed through a committal stage which allows your criminal lawyer to obtain all the police evidence against you and discuss it with you in detail. Once you have reviewed your case, your lawyer can formulate strategies to defend you before the case proceeds to the District Court. If the matter is committed to the District Court, you will have a trial by jury. This process is lengthy and requires extensive preparation, research and clever advocacy by your lawyer in court.
    We strongly recommend you call us now on 1800 100 529 for a free first consultation to discuss your case.

    The defences that may be available:
    • Self Defence
    • Self defence of another
    • Duress
    • Necessity

  2. Plead guilty
    This option is shorter, cheaper and allows your lawyer to show the court that you have taken responsibility for your actions and is remorseful for what has happened. Contact us now on 1800 100 529 to book an experienced defence lawyer to prepare your sentence hearing and get the best possible result for you.

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