Serious Crime Defence Solicitors

Our team can help your defence if you are being accused, prosecuted or investigated of a serious crime.

Murrays can help your defence against accusation for serious crimes at any stage in the process.

Blackmail and Robbery are two of the most serious and most common of these types of offences, but our team are trained and experienced in all types of serious crime, including mugging, car jacking and bank robberies

Whatever your case is get in touch with us for an initial consultation to see how we can help you.

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The offence of blackmail comes within S21 of the Theft Act 1968 and is the making of an unwarranted demand with menaces with a view to making a gain or causing a loss.

The “demand” can be made via any means of communication including all digital means and does not even have to reach the intended victim – social media is also therefore included in this remit.
The “menaces” are essentially the threat that is made should the intended victim fail to meet the demand and the “gain” must relate to money or property.

As an offence triable only in the Crown court the harsh level of the sanctions that a court can impose demonstrates the serious nature of this offence – the maximum sentence a court can impose on conviction is one of 14 years.


The offence of Robbery comes within the Theft Act S8(1). Robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take anything of value by force, threat of force or by putting the victim in fear. At common law, robbery is defined as taking the property of another, with the intent to permanently deprive the person of that property, by means of force or fear.

Robbery is a wide offence which can cover a number of scenarios. Some of these are set out below:
• Street robbery and muggings
• Commercial robberies
• Taking a vehicle without consent, where a threat is used to ensure that the vehicle is taken (car jacking)
• Bank robberies

Robbery can only be heard in the Crown Court. The only exception to this being if the Defendant is a youth. The maximum sentence that a Crown Court can impose for this offence is life imprisonment.

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If you are being investigated for either of these offences it is imperative that you have good legal advice. Our team of experienced lawyers can help you whether your case is still being investigated by the police or indeed whether it has gone past that stage and you are already being prosecuted through the courts.

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