Have you been charged with Rout?
If so, you should engage a law firm that specialises in criminal law.
There are some questions you will need to carefully consider, such as: How many people were involved? Did you come together with a common purpose? Were you successful in what you set out to do? Were you prepared to use force to attain your goal?
These questions, and many more, should be discussed in detail with an experienced criminal lawyer before you advise a Court of how you intend to plead. A guilty plea can result in up to 5 years in prison.
See below for further information on the charge of Rout.
As a common law offence, Rout is not contained in the legislation.
The prosecution must prove:
There must have been at least three persons involved in the assembly
They must have assembled with a common purpose
They must have commenced to execute the common purpose, but not completed its execution
There must be intent on the part of the number of persons to help one another, by force if necessary, against any person who might oppose them in the execution of the common purpose.
The maximum penalty
Level 6 imprisonment being a maximum of 5 years.
Where will my case be heard?
Rout cases will usually only be heard in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.
Questions to consider
Do you have a defence?
If you are pleading guilty, what can you do to minimise your sentence?
What to do next?
Consult a specialist criminal lawyer urgently. Preparation in relation to any matter is critical. Don’t leave it to the last minute.
If you have been charged with Rout make an appointment to see one of our experienced lawyers today.