Updated on Tuesday 16th June 2020
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Theft involves a series of delinquencies and the penalties are in accordance with the level of consequences and other matters. Luckily, our team of theft solicitors is here to offer the needed support for individuals who have been accused of theft charges, by representing them in the court of law and provide complete defence services. Our theft lawyers in London have a broad experience in serious crime cases involving theft, robbery or burglary.
What are the most common theft charges in UK?
Robbery, burglary, handling stolen goods, stolen property, no means of payment, fraud by false representation, and dishonesty are only a few of the theft crimes a person can be accused of. Most of the offences are comprised by the Theft Act 1968, an important set of laws which also mentions the penalties for each type of crimes. Dishonesty acts involve crimes like blackmail, stealing a vehicle, burglary based on criminal damage or advertising rewards in order to return lost or stolen goods. In the case of personal properties or belongings, we mention that persons who steal money, personal goods or use a false identity to cash the cheques at the bank can be arrested and sent to jail for at least two years. There are also cases of damages caused by stealing someone’s personal belongings and these are considered thefts and explained by the Criminal Damage Act 1971. In any case, it is important to have a team of theft solicitors in London by your side and consistent defence in front of the authorities. We remind that our theft solicitors are at your service if you are kept in police custody and accused of theft.
Payment evasion offences – How our theft solicitors can help
Another form of theft is related to no means of payment or NMoP which refers to the persons who do not pay for the fuel at the gas station, or who offer instead a form granting the payment within a few days. This is a type of crime which is often met in the UK and persons who are eventually found guilty of this type of theft will have to face serious penalties. The police in UK works closely with varied crime-fighting agencies aiming to stop such type of theft from developing. If you are a person accused of robbery, burglary, or NMop it is advisable to get in touch with our theft solicitors in London and find out the ways in which we can represent you starting with the police station. Let us remind you that our theft lawyers are here to provide you with the needed assistance in any serious crime case in UK.
Your rights at the police station if accused of theft
If you have been caught by the police and arrested for theft charges, immediate legal assistance is recommended. From the beginning, we mention that you have a series of rights:
- you need to know from the beginning the charges brought to you;
- you have the right to remain silent until your theft solicitor is by your side;
- you can answer the police questions only if legal support is offered to you;
- minors involved in shoplifting and other types of theft will need the parents at the police station.
Feel free to get in touch with our team of theft lawyers in London and ask for legal advice at the police station. We are at your service if you have been accused of theft charges and you have been detained by the police in UK.
Defence for theft charges
The accusations of theft should be treated seriously because individuals found guilty of such crimes can face not only fines and penalties but also imprisonment. The case goes severe if the offender has a criminal record with similar crimes. However, it is important to know that you can benefit from complete defence services provided by our theft solicitors. Every case has its particularities and needs to be treated in the best interest of the client, therefore, our team of lawyers will know how to prepare the case in front of the authorities in UK. The defence starts at the police station where your rights are explained by our lawyers. Moreover, if there is no evidence or if the level of consequences is not relevant, an offender can be a good candidate to be released on bail. It is important to know your rights at the police station if accused of theft charges and kept into custody. This is the point where the defence starts, provided by our theft lawyers. Even if a type of theft looks innocent, there are severe cases that can lead to murder for which the defence might turn into a complex one. The legal representation in front of the authorities at the time you have been accused of theft charges is important and necessary for having a solid and appropriate defence.
Theft - a comprehensive meaning
As a general rule, theft refers to the illegal act in which an individual permanently deprives another person of an object considered a personal belonging. Robbery includes the act of theft of various belongings of a person, but it also refers to a certain degree of violence (regardless of its nature). Stealing from an indoor settlement is considered burglary. Theft charges have to be proven as being dishonest, but the Theft Act provides several exemptions from this rule, as follows:
- burglary which includes criminal damage or the use of violence - the police can make arrests in such cases;
- stealing a vehicle - ask for legal support in this case;
- blackmail - this is a serious accusation for which you need to talk to a lawyer;
- the equipment used in a theft, different from a weapon.
It is important to know that the Theft Act 1968 stipulates that the law system shall not treat in a different manner persons who were accused of theft, regardless if they have stolen various assets in order to obtain a financial gain or to use the objects for their own benefit; our theft solcitors can assist individuals with legal advice on this matter.
Theft sentences, explained by our theft solicitors
Theft sentences in London are issued in accordance with the court in which they are held. As such, cases carried out in the Crown Court will be judged under the stipulations of the Theft Act, Section 7, which establishes a period of 7 years of imprisonment. Cases held in the Magistrate’s Court can receive a sentence of maximum 6 months of imprisonment; at the same time, the court can establish a fine for the accused person. Depending on the case, the court can decide to impose both measures. An important aspect refers to the fact that persons who have been accused of theft for the first time and who possess a criminal free record will receive a reduced sentence.
We invite you to watch a comprehensive video about the theft charges in UK and the ways we can provide legal advice:
Legal representation in case of theft charges
A person can be charged with theft offences like robbery, burglary or stealing and can be punished in accordance with the law in the UK, most of them with imprisonment. Such crimes involve persons who steal assets or belongings of someone else, with the use of force or not, and can be punished with at least 10 years of prison. In a case of burglary, the situation is a little bit complicated because a crime can be involved, meaning a bigger punishment, up to 14 years of imprisonment. The individual accused of theft has the right to solicit help and guidance from a theft solicitor in London who will analyze the case and represent the offender in the court of law. If there is no evidence, the accused individual can be released on bail until the first hearing on his/her case. Meanwhile, if a witness makes a testimony in a theft case, your lawyer will be informed and further investigations will be made. No matter the type of charges brought to you, it is best to get in touch with our theft lawyer in London who can suitably evaluate your case, in order to provide you with legal support in the court of law.
What is the defence for robbery and burglary?
If you have been accused of robbery and/or burglary it is recommended to talk to one of our theft solicitors in London and ask for legal support as soon as possible. Once the prosecution presents the evidence in your case, our advisors will have to verify whether such evidence can be used or not. Also, in such case, a witness will play a major role and his/her testimony will help the judges determine the sentence in the case the individual is found guilty of robbery or burglary. A suitable defence approach in your case will be adopted if you have been accused of theft. We remind that if a crime is involved in a burglary case, then the defence will have to adopt a different line of attack.
What is an aggravated burglary?
According to the Theft Act 1968, aggravated burglary involves the use of a weapon or violence with the purpose of causing injury. This is a serious offence, especially if a crime took place. Even an attempt to burglary using violence or weapons is considered an aggravated burglary for which a proper defence is recommended.
The use of force in robbery cases
If a robbery involves the use of force in attempting to steal someone’s goods whether in a private home or a commercial property, such case might be considered an aggravated burglary by the prosecution. Even if the weapon was used or not when robbing someone, this case shows that the offender used violence or threats. It is strongly recommended to solicit the legal support of a theft solicitor in London.
The relationship between fraud and theft
An intersection between fraud and theft is frequently met and according to the Fraud Act 2006, theft may be connected to the type of fraud that involves stealing someone’s identity, also known as cyber crime. Obtaining a property or a sum of money by deception is considered theft, according to the Fraud Act 2006. The same is available for pecuniary advantage which is obtained by deception. It is good to know that the Fraud Act covers the identity theft in UK, not making any connections with the Theft Act. A theft solicitor in London has an extensive experience in cases of fraud and theft, therefore, persons accused of such serious crimes should definitely solicit our legal support.
Minors accused of theft
There are many cases in which minors are accused of theft in UK. Being a serious situation with lots of consequences, the attention to a theft solicitor in London should be a concern of the parents or tutors of youngsters. Even though there is a distinct line between the punishments for adults and minors committing serious crimes like theft in UK, this doesn’t mean that there is no need for a solid defence in such case. The Youth Courts in UK are dealing with the cases of young criminals having trouble with the law.
The meaning of permanently deprive
The cases in which a person forgets to make payments in a store, a fuel station or anything related fell under the provisions of the Theft Act in UK. Such cases, even though they seem minor, are definitely in the attention of the authorities who can arrest individuals for such behavior and accusations. The intention of theft in such cases, like the ones mentioned above, is obvious and it is punished in accordance with the applicable laws. Fines or imprisonment might be issued for the intention of an individual to permanently deprive someone or a specific institution/organization/ establishment in UK.
Regardless of the gravity of the accusations in the case of theft, it is highly recommended to bear in mind the legal support offered by a team of theft lawyers in London. Having a wide experience in theft cases and dealing with a large number of such situations in the court of law make our team appropriate for your case. They can verify and analyze the accusations involved, in order to properly treat the case and to achieve the best possible result.
Short conclusion about theft charges
Theft is definitely considered a serious crime in the UK which is punished with imprisonment. Our theft solicitors in London have a vast experience in cases like burglary or robbery, and if you have been arrested for such criminal offences, make sure to ask for legal help. If the circumstances of a theft are severe or less severe, you can receive a sentence or a fine, or both in some cases, but if you have a good defence, you may be found not guilty and released from any theft charges.
Please feel free to get in touch with our team of theft solicitors in London and ask for our legal services if you have been accused of serious crimes. We can handle theft cases and provide the needed legal advice. Our criminal defence solicitors in London can handle your case starting with representation at the police station.