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Burglary, Robbery, Theft (& Shoplifting), Handling Stolen Goods. (Dishonesty Offences)

Here at J R Jones our solicitors deal with these types of offence on a regular basis and are highly experienced in defending this type of case.

Shoplifting, theft, burglary, robbery and handling of contact usstolen goods are all classed as ‘dishonesty’ offences under the law. These are all serious crimes and expert legal advice should always be taken if you are arrested on suspicion of any of these offences.

This page sets out the basic differences between these types of offences. Please contact us if you require legal advice or representation.

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Legal advice for Dishonesty offences

If you are arrested you should ask for a Solicitor at the earliest opportunity. You have a right to legal representation. J R Jones solicitors are available 24 hours a day on 0961 369 885. Please make a note of this number. In office hours you can also call us on 0121 777 7864.

Advice at a Police Station is free of charge and will be paid for by Legal Aid. This does not depend on your financial circumstances.

Shoplifting & Theft

Theft is the deliberate taking of property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.

Theft offences include theft from another person, theft from shop (shoplifting) and breach of trust.

These offences can be dealt with in the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court, depending on the facts of the case, and can carry a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

We have a great deal of experience in defending clients charged with theft. Please contact us for more information.

Robbery

Robbery is the deliberate taking of property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it, but with the additional element of violence or the threat of violence.

Robbery can range from street robbery or mugging, through to organised robberies of homes or commercial premises, all the way up to armed robbery of banks, post offices, security vans, etc.

All types of robbery are considered to be very serious contact usoffences and they can carry prison sentences up to life imprisonment.

The factors weighed up in assessing the seriousness of a robbery are the value of the theft and the amount of violence involved. The violence element is usually the most important factor that will influence the eventual sentence.

We have a great deal of experience in defending clients charged with robbery. Please contact us for more information.

Burglary

Burglary is where someone enters a building as a trespasser with the intent to committing an offence. Most commonly that offence will be theft, but may also be assault, criminal damage or rape.

Burglary of a house or dwelling is judged by the Courts to be more serious that burglary of a commercial building.

Burglary is an offence which requires intention and often dishonesty, importantly it also has the additional distinction of trespass.

We have a great deal of experience in defending clients charged with burglary. Please contact us for more information.

Handling Stolen Goods

The offence of handling stolen goods is often used to prosecute people who have knowingly bought stolen goods, or to catch ‘fences’ – people who buy goods from thieves and sell them on to the public.

The penalties for handling stolen goods are similar to those for theft and can be anything up to 14 years imprisonment.

We have a great deal of experience in defending clients charged with handling stolen goods. Please contact us for more information.