Theft, burglary and robbery solicitors you can trust
If you’re accused of theft, robbery or burglary, you could face severe penalties, including a prison sentence. Cartwright King’s specialist Solicitors will do everything they can to clear you of any wrongdoing, offering you legal advice you can trust and sure guidance throughout your case.
Get in touch with Cartwright King now to speak to a specialist theft, burglary and robbery Solicitor.
How Cartwright King can help you
Conviction for theft can damage your reputation and relationships, result in loss of employment, income and your home. Cartwright King’s specialist theft solicitors work to help you avoid punishment for theft in the UK to keep your reputation and your livelihood intact. We can help you with:
- Allegations of theft – commercial and residential
- Commercial and residential robbery allegations
- Allegations of burglary – commercial and residential
- Blackmail allegations
- Allegations of handling stolen goods
- Vehicle theft allegations
- Allegations of identity theft
Unique advocacy services
Our unique advocacy services give you constant and consistent legal representation. Cartwright King can represent you at every stage of your case, giving you reliable, professional and effective legal guidance whenever and wherever you need us.
We can provide legal representation from the police station through to the Higher Courts. When you need us most, we will be there with the legal know-how and calm head to guide you through your case.
What Is Theft And What Is Required To Secure A Conviction?
Under Section 1 of the Theft Act 1968, an individual is guilty of theft if they “dishonestly appropriate property” that is owned by another person, with an intention to deprive the victim of their property permanently. In practice, the scope of this charge is wide, it can be applied to taking property from individuals, shops or businesses as an employee.
To be convinced of theft, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that all of the below apply to your case:
- Property has been taken
- Dishonesty has been used to appropriate said property
- The property taken belongs to someone else
- You intended to take the property away from its owner
If you are found guilty of theft, you could be facing a fine, a community sentence or a maximum sentence of seven years.
Corporate theft is a white-collar crime which involves intentionally using dishonesty to illegally appropriate business assets.
In some cases, false allegations are made by employers or coworkers to have an employee dismissed immediately. However, if a corporate theft charge is made against you and you are found guilty of a theft from an employer at trial or you plead guilty to reach a quicker resolution, a guilty verdict will inevitably result in a Criminal Record. Such a verdict can have a significant negative impact on your life and your professional future.
At Cartwright King, we have represented numerous clients who have faced theft allegations made by an employer or colleagues. Get in touch with our team today to get legal advice and decide what the best solution is in your specific circumstances.
Benefit From Free Legal Advice At A Police Station
If you’re arrested on suspicion of theft, robbery or burglary, Cartwright King’s professional solicitors are available day and night to offer free legal advice at the police station. Our priority is to ensure that your position is protected and your defence is properly presented.
You have the right to choose who you want to represent you legally. Tell the police you want to be represented by Cartwright King, and one of our specialist Theft Solicitors will be able to speak to you, no matter where you are in the UK.
Voluntary Police Station Interview
If you are a professional who has committed no previous criminal offences and this is your first experience with the Criminal Justice System, the police may invite you to attend a Voluntary Police Interview Under Caution at an agreed date and time.
If you are offered to attend an interview under caution voluntarily, you are not technically under arrest which makes the situation less inconvenient for you. In addition to that, attending the voluntary interview has its benefits. It is likely to be perceived as showing cooperation with the investigation which can, later on, be used in your favour if the case goes to trial.
If you are invited to a Voluntary Police Interview Under Caution, get in
However, you must remember that even if you have gone to the police station voluntarily, you are still a suspect in a criminal investigation and anything you say during that interview can be used against you in your case. If you refuse to attend, you will likely still be arrested and questioned by the police.
If you are invited to a Voluntary Police Interview Under Caution, get in touch with our criminal defence team and theft solicitors to ensure you have legal advice and representation during the interview.
A Criminal Trial: What Does A Theft Trial Involve?
If you have been charged with a criminal offence, such as theft, burglary or robbery, and you decide to plead “not guilty”, your case will go to a contested Court hearing, commonly referred to as “trial”.
During the trial, you will be represented by our professional theft solicitors. All evidence regarding the case will be examined to determine whether the allegations are true. If reasonable doubt is established, then you are likely to be found “not guilty”. However, if the prosecution successfully proves their case, the Court will give you a sentence deemed appropriate to the offence you’ve been found guilty of.
Cartwright King’s criminal defence solicitors have a proven track Cartwright King’s criminal defence solicitors have a proven track record of success in representing clients at trial for theft, robbery and burglary. With our expert theft solicitors by your side, you can rest assured that your rights are protected during Court hearings and you have the best chance of success in your trial.
The Purpose of A Trial
Criminal trials are an incredibly important step in the Criminal Justice System. By ensuring all Defendants are tried for the crime they are committed, the saying innocent until proven guilty comes into force. The main purpose of a trial is to determine whether the person or company is being prosecuted as guilty of their crime. With a theft solicitor to speak on their behalf, a Defendant can plead their case alongside all evidence, allowing the Court to decide their verdict.
Why Choose Cartwright King?
Criminal defence is our specialism that’s why our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can represent you at short-notice, which is often crucial to your defence.
70% of our cases involve defending against criminal charges, including theft, burglary and robbery offences. Our reputation is built on successfully clearing people accused of criminal activity.
We’re trusted, resourceful and calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on. That’s why we’re recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as specialists in Criminal Defence.
If you find yourself arrested on suspicion of burglary, robbery or theft offences and taken to a police station, remember you have the right to free and independent legal advice.
Instructing Cartwright King means you’re choosing the leading provider of Legal Aid for criminal defence services. Any representation and advice we provide you in the police station is entirely free.
To receive calm, collected legal representation, and an immediate, 24/7 response, please call us, or email your enquiry.
The Difference Between Theft, Robbery and Burglary
Colloquially, you may find that the terms theft, robbery and burglary are used interchangeably; however, within the criminal justice system, there is a very distinct difference. You may require a specialist burglary lawyer, depending on what category below you have been accused of.
As we now know, theft is when someone takes another’s property dishonesty, with no intention of returning the stolen possessions. But, how does this differ from robbery and burglary?
Within UK law, robbery is defined as when a person steals property via the use of force immediately before or at the time of the theft occurring. In such a circumstance, it is enough that the actions of the accused made the victim reasonably believe that force may be used, whether through words or actions.
As robbery is an inherently violent crime, the maximum sentence is far more severe, in that a guilty person can potentially face life imprisonment.
A crime of burglary is committed when a person either:
- Enters a building as a trespasser with the intention to steal property, cause unlawful damage or inflict grievous bodily harm on another person; or,
- When entering a property as a trespasser, they steal/attempt to steal, or attempt to inflict grievous bodily harm
The law recognises three categories of burglary:
Burglary of a home in which people live – typically houses or flats, though it can include boats or vehicles in which people live. The maximum sentence for this charge, if found guilty, is 14 years imprisonment.
This charge refers to the burglary of a building that is not a dwelling, such as offices, shops or barns. The maximum sentence for non-domestic burglary is 10 years in prison.
Aggravated burglary is committed when the offender has on their person a firearm, imitation firearm, weapon or explosive device at the time of a burglary.
Should the weapon be used to attack another person at the time of the burglary, an offender will commonly be charged with an assault offence or robbery.
If found guilty of aggravated burglary, the maximum sentence is life.