Theft/Burglary/Robbery

These offences are often confused with each other as there are numerous similarities between them. If you have been accused with any of them, we strongly urge you seek expert legal advice as soon as possible.

  • The offence of theft is governed by Section 1 of the Theft Act 1968. It is to deprive another of their rights by appropriating ownership of their property. The offence is triable either way. If it is heard at the Magistrates Court, then the court can impose a maximum sentence of 6 months imprisonment. If it is heard at the Crown Court, then the court can impose a maximum sentence of 7 years imprisonment.
  • Robbery is also regulated by the Theft Act 1968, Section 8 essentially defines the act as stealing with force. This is considered a serious offence, which is tried on indictment. This means it will be heard at the Crown Court. Reflecting how serious the offence is, the court can impose a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The Crown Prosecution Service have categorised different types of robberies; there are street robberies or mugging, robbery of small businesses and less sophisticated commercial robberies. Offences that are undoubtedly taken more seriously are violent robberies at home and professionally planned commercial robberies.
  • According to Section 9 of the Theft Act 1968, the offence of burglary is having entered a building with the intention to steal or inflicted or attempted to inflict grievous bodily harm (GBH). If there is evidence that you have trespassed and stole anything in the building, you may be found guilty of burglary. It is an offence that can be tried either way. If it is tried at the Magistrates Court, they can impose a maximum sentence of 6 months imprisonment or a fine. However, if it is tried at the Crown Court, a maximum sentence of 14 years can potentially be imposed.

There is also the offence of . You may be found guilty if you committed a burglary while carrying a firearm, any weapon of offence or any explosive. This offence can be tried either way. However, considering the seriousness of the offence, it is more likely to be tried at the Crown Court. The court can impose a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Rees Clayton Solicitors are dedicated to providing you with the most up to date legal advice concerning theft, burglary and robbery offences. The custodial sentences attached to these offences can be harsh. If you are dealing with an allegation, it is vital that you call us today to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Call us today on 01282 678767 / 0330 053 6767 or contact us online.