Theft Burglary & Robbery

More about Theft Burglary & Robbery

Being accused of theft, burglary or robbery can lead to severe penalties if you are found guilty of these offences, including potentially a prison sentence. Having access to expert legal advice that you can trust is essential from the moment you become aware of the allegations against you.

Our experienced theft, burglary and robbery specialist solicitors can assist you at every stage of the legal process, from initial questioning at the police station, right through to potential court appearances or trial. Being convicted of one of these offences can have far-reaching consequences in terms of your reputation, livelihood and relationships, so having the right advocates on your side every step of the way is essential.

What is the difference between theft, robbery and burglary?

What is the difference between theft, robbery and burglary?

Theft is stealing someone's property. Robbery is where force is used or threatened in order to steal from someone. Burglary involves someone entering as a trespasser, a building or part of a building, with either, the intention to steal, or having entered as a trespasser steals. The offence can also be committed if someone enters to inflict on any person grievous bodily harm or cause unlawful damage.

In terms of the different potential punishments and penalties for robbery, theft and burglary, there is quite a range, depending on the individual circumstances of each case. The maximum sentences include:

  • Up to seven years in prison for theft

  • Up to a life sentence for robbery

  • Up to 14 years in prison for domestic burglary (of a dwelling)

  • Up to 10 years in prison for non-domestic burglary (e.g. a shop)

  • Up to a life sentence for aggravated burglary (where at the time of committing a burglary a person had in their possession an offensive weapon)

The role of theft, burglary and robbery specialist solicitors

The role of theft, burglary and robbery specialist solicitors

If you choose Forbes as your burglary, robbery or theft solicitors, we are here for you at every stage of the legal process. If you are arrested or asked to attend a police station for questioning, we can be there to help prepare you for the interview process and during the questioning. Any mistakes or misunderstandings at this early stage of proceedings can have serious consequences so it's vital that you have the best possible advice.

If you are charged with one of these offences, your theft, robbery and burglary solicitors will advise you throughout the process, right through to court appearances, if required.

It's the role of your criminal solicitors for robbery, theft or burglary to analyse the investigation and evidence and then advise you on the available options. If the case proceeds to court, there will be a team to help with your criminal defence for robbery, burglary or theft. They will help to prepare your defence and present your case, as well as providing specialist advice at every stage.

Why choose us as your theft, robbery or burglary lawyer?

Why choose us as your theft, robbery or burglary lawyer?

The Forbes criminal defence team offer a 24/7 service, 365 days a year to ensure that our dedicated team are always there when you need them, providing this essential service nationwide. Our specialist solicitors have an empathetic and dedicated approach, with the aim of always achieving the best possible outcome from the situation for every client.

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