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Robbery/Stealing From the Person

Robbery Offences – NSW

Welcome to the NSW Robbery/stealing from the person article page. Everything you need to know about Robbery/stealing from the person according to NSW law – Dated: 31/01/2011

What the Law States according to NSW Law for Robbery/stealing from the person

According to NSW Law for the charge of Robbery/stealing from the person,

On the police facts sheet and the court attendance notice that you may have received you will have a reference to the law part and a short description of offence. These references help the court and the legal profession to identify the exact offence you have been charged with. The law part and short description for this offence are set out in the table below:

Law PartShort Description454Assault with intent to rob-SI455Robbery-SI456Steal from the person16559Steal from the person value <=$2000-T216560Steal from the person value >$ 2000 & <=$ 5000-T216561Steal from the person value >$ 5000 & <=$15000-T116562Steal from the person value >$15000-T1

 

The Maximum Penalty – Robbery/stealing from the person

According to NSW Law for the charge of Robbery/stealing from the person:

The maximum penalty for the charge of robbery/stealing from the person (Section 94 of the Crimes Act) is 14 years imprisonment.

In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for a robbery/stealing from the person charge.

  • Section 10
  • Fine
  • Good behaviour bond
  • Community service order (CSO)
  • Suspended sentence
  • Intensive correction order (previously periodic detention)
  • Home detention
  • Prison sentence

You’ll find a brief description of each of these penalties at the bottom of this page.

Likely Penalty

Local Court

Based on our experience and statistics from the Judicial Commission of New South Wales we believe that the penalty in a case that is within the mid range of seriousness for the offence of robbery/stealing from the person, if heard in the Local Court, is likely to be a suspended sentence with supervision under section 12 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act.

For first time offenders the likely penalty is a good behaviour bond under section 9 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act for a period of 18 months.

District Court

If the matter is finalised in the District Court the likely penalty is imprisonment for a period of 3 years.

For first time offenders the likely penalty is a suspended sentence with supervision under section 12 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act.

What the Police must prove according to NSW Law for Robbery/stealing from the person

To convict you of a robbery / stealing from the person charge, the police must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:

Robbery:

  1. you intend to steal; and
  2. you take property from another person’s immediate control or presence
  3. by the use of violence or by putting the victim in fear

Stealing from the person:

  1. you steal any chattel, money, or valuable security
  2. from the person of another

They will also need to prove that you were the person who committed the robbery / stealing from the person offence.

Possible Defences under NSW Law – Robbery/stealing from the person

Possible defences to a robbery / stealing from the person charge include but are not limited to:

  • Duress
  • Necessity
  • Self Defence

In NSW which court will hear the matter – Robbery/stealing from the person

Where the value of the property exceeds $5000, this matter is a Table 1 offence which means that either the DPP or an accused can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court. Where the value of the property does not exceed $5000, this matter is a Table 2 offence which means that the DPP can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.


Section 10 for a robbery/stealing from the person charge: avoiding a criminal record. Normally, when you plead guilty to a criminal offence, the court imposes a penalty and records a conviction. If the court records a conviction, you will have a criminal record. However, if we can convince the court not to convict you, there will be no penalty of any type and no criminal record. In all criminal cases, the court has the discretion not to convict you, but to give you a Section 10 dismissal instead.

Fines for a robbery/stealing from the person charge: When deciding the amount of a fine for a robbery/stealing from the person charge the magistrate or judge should consider your financial situation and your ability to pay any fine they set.

Good behaviour bond for a robbery/stealing from the person charge: This is an order of the court that requires you to be of good behaviour for a specified period of time. The court will impose conditions that you will have to obey during the term of the good behaviour bond. The maximum duration of a good behaviour bond is five years.

Community service order for a robbery/stealing from the person charge (CSO): This involves either unpaid work in the community at a place specified by probation and parole or attendance at a centre to undertake a course, such as anger management. In order to be eligible for a CSO you have to be assessed by an officer of the probation service as suitable to undertake the order.

Suspended sentence for a robbery/stealing from the person charge: This is a jail sentence that is suspended upon you entering into a good behaviour bond. Provided the terms of the good behaviour bond are obeyed the jail sentence will not come into effect. A suspended sentence is only available for sentences of imprisonment of up to two years.

Periodic detention for a robbery/stealing from the person charge (commonly known as weekend detention): This form of imprisonment ceased to be a sentencing option in October 2010.

Intensive correction order for a robbery/stealing from the person charge (ICO): This option has replaced periodic detention. The court can order you to comply with a number of conditions, such as attending counselling or treatment, not consuming alcohol, complying with a curfew and performing community service.

Jail for a robbery/stealing from the person charge: This is the most serious penalty for a robbery/stealing from the person charge and involves full time detention in a correctional facility.

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