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Theft, burglary and robbery solicitors you can trust

Criminal Defence

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 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.

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.

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.

Legal Fees

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.

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Frequently asked questions.

Everyone has the right to free legal advice when interviewed under caution at a police station. You should not answer any questions without a solicitor present.

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Theft can be a complicated area of law as it is not limited to one specific act, it can be committed in a variety of ways.

Most theft offences can be found in the Theft Act 1968. This is an important set of laws, which outlines the penalties for each type of crime.

Firstly, you might find it useful to know which criminal acts are classed as theft. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

Shoplifting – This is committed if you were to walk out of a shop with items that you haven’t paid for. This could be a genuine mistake, but if it is proven that you did this deliberately and dishonestly then you could face prosecution.

Theft by finding – This is committed if you find an item which seems to have been discarded and you choose to keep it for yourself. This is most commonly money which has been found in the street. If you choose to keep this for yourself rather than handing it in to the police, then you may be prosecuted for ‘theft by finding’.

Taking a vehicle – This is committed if you take a vehicle without the owner’s consent. This is most commonly known as ‘joy riding’ or ‘TWOC’. If the car was driven dangerously or damaged before it was recovered, it would then become an ‘aggravated’ TWOC, which means that any potential punishment is likely to be harsher.

Identity theft – You’re committing identity theft if you try to pass yourself off as somebody else in order to obtain property. This might be done by stealing someone’s bank cards and then seeking to use them for gain. Once this has been achieved, the charge of any product/service will be billed to the victim of the identity theft. Depending on the circumstances, this will be viewed as a serious crime, which could lead to a prison sentence.

Handling stolen goods – This is committed when you buy or acquire property which is stolen. The prosecution must prove that you knew or believed the items were stolen, however mere suspicion will not be enough. Instead, you could be charged with possession of criminal property and this does not require the same level of knowledge. Courts view handling stolen property very seriously, thinking that disposing of stolen property encourages the original theft.

When it comes to sentencing, the courts have detailed guides, and the outcome of your case will depend on a number of factors. For example:

The value involved – stealing over £10,000 can attract long sentences of imprisonment at the Crown Court.
The nature of the victim – stealing from someone who is vulnerable will always mean a higher sentence.

Evidence of pre-planning or organisation will make matters more serious.

If the theft happens to fund an addiction or is an impulsive isolated act it may provide an explanation to allow sentencing for a community order.

In order for you to be found guilty of theft, it must be proved that you acted dishonestly and took something which belonged to somebody else. If you have been accused, it is therefore essential that you seek professional legal representation as soon as possible so you can build a strong and properly presented defence.

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If your child (under the age of 18) is accused of theft, the police must tell you as soon as possible. They should not interview your child until you are present.

Your child has the same right to legal advice as an adult. You should speak to a theft solicitor as soon as possible and advise your child not to answer questions until a legal expert is present.

A child under the age of 10 cannot be taken to Court and charged with a criminal offence. However, once they are 10 or over, they are treated in the same way as any young person under 18 and will be dealt with by the Youth Justice System.